Ventricular Septal Defect: After Your Child's Visit
Your Care Instructions
When this defect is present, some of the blood may flow from one side of the heart through the opening to the other side. This can make the heart pump too much blood to the lungs and not enough to the rest of the body.
A very small opening may not cause problems. Small openings sometimes close on their own.
Larger openings can weaken the heart and lead to heart failure. Your doctor will determine if the opening should be closed with surgery.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
How can you care for your child at home?
When should you call for help?
Call 911 anytime you think your baby may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your baby's health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:
Where can you learn more?
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