Spotting a Heart Problem in Babies, Toddlers or Older Kids

father and daughter hugging and smilingChildren with heart problems don’t always have obvious symptoms. Cardiovascular disease in children can often be detected early on during doctor visits, but some forms may develop slowly over time. It’s important to keep an open line of communication with your child’s doctor.

Oftentimes, cardiovascular disease in children can be easily detected during regular doctor visits. However, when heart disease develops slowly, there may be a delay in a diagnosis because symptoms aren’t as noticeable.

Symptoms also often vary based on the age of your child, so you should know what to look for. Whether your child is a baby, a teenager or in between, there are some typical symptoms that signal a talk with their doctor.

If you suspect your child has a heart problem, you should discuss your concerns with your doctor.

Symptoms of Cardiovascular Disease in Babies

Babies who appear to have a bluish tinge to their skin may not be receiving enough oxygen to their blood. This is a condition called cyanosis and can indicate a heart problem in a baby. A lack of interest or effort in feeding, or unnaturally slow growth can also be signs their heart isn’t doing its job.

Symptoms of Cardiovascular Disease in Toddlers

While not all toddlers are as active as others, if your child seems to be frequently out of breath or fatigued, or if they have a problem keeping up with other toddlers, you should let their doctor know. Fainting spells aren’t as common in toddlers with heart disease, but they do sometimes happen.

Symptoms of Cardiovascular Disease in Older Children

Older kids are often more in-tune with their bodies, so they can tell you if they experience an arrhythmia, or if they feel dizzy or light-headed after physical exertion. However, unlike adults, chest pains in kids isn’t typically associated with heart disease.