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Congenital Heart Disease: Recovery & Wellness

  • Recovering from Congenital Heart Disease

    Treating infants and young children for congenital heart disease can be a challenging period for both the parents and children. Be prepared to spend additional time and attention on your child after surgery to ensure that their recovery goes smoothly.

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    Babies with congenital heart diseases usually get tired more easily during feeds. Thus, breastfeeding is recommended as babies tend to be better at coordinating the sucking, swallowing and breathing motions during breastfeeding as compared to bottle-feeding.

    The important thing is to have regular check-ups with your baby’s doctor, so that proper evaluation of the condition can be done. Unlike older children or adults, infants are unable to vocally communicate their problems clearly, so a check-up is needed to keep track of the recovery progress.

  • Keeping Your Heart Healthy

    Many people tend to think that children with congenital heart disease have to avoid exercise, but this is not exactly true. Children who have been treated successfully for their congenital heart disease are usually capable of taking part in most forms of exercise. Being physically active helps to keep their heart healthy and prevent obesity, which is one of the main causes of heart disease.

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    Your child’s doctor may suggest that your child avoid strenuous sports. For some conditions, your child may not be able to go for competitive sports and high impact sports. However, common sports like running, swimming, cycling and tennis are well within the limits. Check with your child’s doctor before they start any exercise or sports routine.

    Children with congenital heart disease should make an effort in keeping a healthy lifestyle. On top of exercise, they should also watch their diet and avoid or limit food high in salt and sugar content. These foods can increase the strain on the circulatory and metabolic system, and potentially lead to obesity. Check with your child’s doctor on the recommended diet for your child.

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