Medical history for congenital heart defects

When determining whether your baby has a congenital heart defect, the health professional will ask questions about your baby's medical history and your medical history. These may include the following:

  • What symptoms does your baby have?
  • When are symptoms usually present? Symptoms may be present only when your baby is eating or crying.
  • Has your baby been less active than usual?
  • How is your baby's appetite? How much does your baby usually eat and drink? Describe a typical feeding. Does he or she have trouble feeding or tire easily while feeding?
  • Has your baby been urinating less often than usual?
  • Does your baby's color change when crying? If so, does the color quickly return to normal after crying stops?
  • What position does he or she seem most comfortable in when resting?
  • Has your baby ever passed out? If the child is older, has he or she ever complained of the heart beating funny?
  • Did you have or were you exposed to rubella (German measles) or any other infections during your pregnancy?
  • Did you take any medicines, use illegal drugs, or drink alcohol during your pregnancy?
  • Do you have a family history of congenital heart defects?

Last Updated: October 12, 2009

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