Though many congenital heart defects are found in infancy, it is possible for a seemingly healthy child to develop a heart problem. Achiau Ludomirsky, MD, a pediatric cardiologist in the Pediatric Congenital Heart Program at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone and professor in the Department of Pediatrics, discusses some of the signs that your child may be dealing with heart issues and advice on what you can do to keep your child’s heart healthy.
If you find your child sweating profusely regardless of the weather, that could be a warning sign for a heart issue. It’s especially important to pay attention to newborns doing this, says Dr. Ludomirsky.
“If there is excessive sweating, where you have to change their clothes every two to three hours, that’s something to be concerned about,” he explains.
Sometimes the sign that heart issues may be a problem for your child can be found on paper through their family history.
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