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Atrial Septal Defect In Children

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Atrial Septal Defect In Children (Aftercare Instructions) Care Guide

An atrial septal defect (ASD) is a hole in the septum (wall) between the upper chambers of your child's heart. The hole may be small or large. An ASD is a common heart defect that babies are born with. It prevents blood from flowing through your child's heart in a normal way. His heart work harder to pump blood. Over time, an ASD can damage your child's heart and lungs.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Medicines:

  • Heart medicine may be needed to make your child's heart beat more regularly.

  • Give your child's medicine as directed: Call your child's primary healthcare provider (PHP) if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency. Throw away old medicine lists.

Follow up with your child's PHP as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.

Secondhand smoke:

Do not let anyone smoke around your child. Smoke can make your child cough or make it hard for him to breathe. Smoke can harm your child's heart, lungs, and blood. Your child is more likely to get lung disease and cancer if people smoke around your child.

Contact your child's PHP if:

  • Your child has a fever.

  • Your child has chills, a cough, or feels weak and achy.

  • Your child is not gaining weight as he should.

  • You have questions about your child's condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your child has sudden shortness of breath.

  • Your child's lips or nailbeds are blue or white.

  • Your child has any of the following signs of a stroke:

    • Part of his face droops or is numb

    • Weakness in an arm or leg

    • Confusion or difficulty speaking

    • Dizziness, a severe headache, or vision loss

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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