What does congenital heart disease mean?
Congenital means that your baby was born with it. Heart disease means there is a problem with the heart.
Will my baby develop normally?
Your baby's growth may be slower because of the heart problem, but there's a good chance that your baby will sit up, crawl, walk and talk at about the same time other children do. After the heart problem is fixed, chances are good that your baby will grow up to be strong and healthy.
Caring for Infants with Congenital Heart Disease and Their Families by RB Saenz, M.D., DK Beebe, M.D., and LC Triplett, M.D. (American Family Physician April 01, 1999, http://www.aafp.org/afp/990401ap/1857.html)
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