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Growth and Development

Growth considerations for your child:

Children with congenital (present at birth) heart disease often grow and develop more slowly than other children. For example:

Nutritional considerations for your child:

Nutritional issues impact growth and development in children with congenital heart disease.

Physicians, nurses, and nutritionists can help develop a plan to ensure that your child gets adequate nutrition to meet his/her body's needs. Suggestions may include the following:

Developmental considerations:

Children with congenital heart disease may fall behind in their development for several reasons, including:

Parents of children with congenital heart disease can play an active role in promoting the development of their child, at home or in the hospital. Physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and other healthcare team members will provide appropriate guidelines that are tailored for each individual child. Some ways that parents can encourage the development of their children may include the following:

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