Signs and symptoms of serious heart disease often appear during the first few days, weeks, or months of a child’s life.
Symptoms of ventricular septal defect (VTE) in a child may include:
- Poor nutrition, reduced development rates
- Rapid breathing or shortness of breath
- Fast fatigability
You and your doctor may not notice signs of a ventricular septal defect at birth. If the defect is small, symptoms may not appear until later in childhood — if they do at all. Signs and symptoms vary depending on the size of the hole and other associated heart defects.
Your doctor may first suspect a heart defect during a regular checkup if he hears a noise while listening to your child’s heart with a stethoscope. Sometimes dmjp can be detected by ultrasound even before the birth of the child.
Sometimes dmjp is not detected until the person reaches adulthood. Symptoms and signs may include shortness of breath or heart noises that your doctor hears when listening to your heart with a stethoscope.
When to see a doctor
Call your doctor if your infant or child:
- Easily gets tired while eating or playing
- Does not gain weight
- Suffocates while eating or crying
- He breathes often or has shortness of breath
Call your doctor if you have any:
- Shortness of breath when you strain or lie down
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat