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Signs & Symptoms of Congenital Heart Defects

When a child has a severe congenital heart defect, he or she usually will have signs and symptoms during the first few hours, or months after birth. Less complex defects may not show signs and symptoms for years. These signs and symptoms MAY be evidence of a heart defect in infants:

  • Blue coloring
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Fast breathing
  • Poor weight gain
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Tiring easily during feeding

    These are the heart stories shared by our Mended Little Hearts of Chicago heart families. Click on child's photo to read their heart journey. If you'd like to share your heart story, please email: mtoth@mlhchicago.org

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