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Old 05-06-2003, 07:11 PM   #1
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Question Heart Murmur in 2 year old

My son had his 2 year checkup the end of March. His doctor heard a heart murmur for the first time since he was a newborn. Thought it could be due to his cold. Recommended a followup check. Saw her 5 weeks later-murmur is still there, cold is still there. We will be going to a hospital in June for an EKG and ultrasound. The only information that I have is that he can't eat anything that morning (10:00 appt-ugh!) and that the doctor doesn't really think it (the murmur) is anything to worry about (having tests as a precaution). Has anyone been through this with their child? Any advice? Questions I should ask? Thanks for your help.

 
Old 05-08-2003, 05:09 AM   #2
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My son, who is now aged 4, was diagnosed with a heart murmur when he was 18 months old. At the time he too had a cold. After seeing various specialists, they decided that the murmur was innocent, and that he would probably grow out of it. One thing they advised though, just to be on the safe side, was if he was to undergo any operation of any type, that he should be given antibiotics at the same time. Maybe you should mention this to your doctor when you see them. I know how you feel, its terrible hearing your child has a heart problem, so I've got my fingers crossed for you, that it also turns out to be an innocent murmur. I was also told that it is pretty common in children. Let us know how you get on.

 
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Old 05-09-2003, 06:07 PM   #3
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Yellow Rose-Thank you for the reply-it helped calm some concerns. When your son saw the specialists, what tests did he have? How did it go with an 18 month old?

 
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I was born with a hole in my heart and back then (1955) I was what was called a blue baby and they sent you home since there were no fancy surgeries for kids. The hole apparently closed on it's own as a cardiac cath when I was 5 didn't show any hole any more but I do have a heart murmur yet that I have always had. Sometimes the docs hear it and other times they don't. Things like this are usually not serious.

 
Old 05-10-2003, 08:58 AM   #5
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My dd's ped detected a hurt murmur in her at about 18 months it's pretty common I think most people have a simple murmur at one time or another. The worst part for us was all the waiting and worrying. The specialist didn't totally rule out anything more serious until she was 4. The test wont hurt him but are scary for a kid. The Ekg they stick silver stickers all over them and attach wires to the stickers. They are suppose to lay still while the machine prints the readings.We did manage to get dd through that but couldn't calm her down enough for the ultrasound that day. After the specailist listened to her heart and read the EKG he was pretty sure it was a simple murmur and instead of sedating her for the ultrasound he decided to have us keep bringing her back every year until she would lay still and let them do the ultrasound.so you might want to think about taking a stuffed animal or something he uses for security might help him stay calm. They finally ruled it as a simple hurt murmur and said it was nothing to worry about all it pretty much meant was that the heart was noisy.

The thing I didn't know was people with heart conditions are suppose to take medicine before any kind of dental work or surgeries.I had to put dd's dental work off until we found out. The specialist said she didn't need anything and she would be fine but you know how mommies worry.I'd feel much better if she could take the medicine first if it wouldn't hurt her, so you might want to ask if it would be safer for him to take the medicine before any dental work or surgeries.

Good luck I hope everything turns out fine.

 
Old 05-10-2003, 10:37 PM   #6
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Yes anyone with heart problems should have antibiotics before and after dental work. I for one do not feel that I need them and have never had a problem. If the dentist every wants clearance from a doc stating I don't have to have antibiotics they will usually write me a note to this effect.

 
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