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Congenital Heart Disease: Recovery & Wellness

  • Recovering from Congenital Heart Disease

    Treating infants and young children for congenital heart disease tends to be a challenging period for both the parents and children. Parents should be prepared to devote additional time and attention to their children after surgery to ensure that their recovery goes smoothly.


    Babies with congenital heart diseases tend to tire more easily during feeds. Thus, breastfeeding is recommended as babies tend to better coordinate the sucking, swallowing and breathing motions during breastfeeding as compared to bottle-feeding.

    The important thing is to maintain regular check-ups with your baby’s doctor, so that proper assessment 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 required to assess the progress of the recovery.

  • 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 participating 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.


    Your child’s doctor may recommend that your child avoid strenuous sports. For some conditions, your child may not be suitable for competitive sports and high impact sports. However, common sports such as running, swimming, cycling and tennis are well within bounds. Check with your child’s doctor before they embark on any exercise regime.

    Children with congenital heart disease should strive to maintain 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 burden 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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