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Old 02-08-2008, 08:59 AM   #1
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So I took my four year old in for a check on her cough she has had for a couple of days and when the PA (Physicians Assistant) was done listening to her lungs and heart, she said, "oh, she has a little murmur, huh?" She said it smiling like its cute or somthing....I was like, oh she does? Dr. P has NEVER told me she did... then the PA said, yup, she has a murmur, its sounds fully functional though. I was like

I will see her Pediatrician tonight and gymnastics (our kids on on the same team). I am going to ask him about it then. In the mean time, so I don't drive myself crazy with worry.....Are there any other mamas out here with kiddos with heart murmurs....or better yet, that didn't get DX'ed with one until they were older?

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Old 02-08-2008, 09:04 AM   #2
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Yep, my 4 year old has one... completely innocent. We found out when he was about 3. They did the same thing to me and I was like "uhhh, he does?" I had no idea what it meant... Honestly? It means nothing. Sometimes he gets a little more winded when playing then other kids and gets very sweaty but whether that has to do with the murmur or not, I have no idea. It's never been an issue for him other then now EVERY.SINGLE.DOCTOR takes an extra minute or so to listen to his heart ... and then says "Oh, did you know he has a murmur?" I say "Yep" and that's the end of it... Other then that, it's no big deal
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Old 02-08-2008, 09:14 AM   #3
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My mom has 1....ds2 was born with 1 but it closed up. If your ped hasnt said anything i wouldnt worry, it may be so faint that hes missed it because of noise in the background.
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Old 02-08-2008, 10:11 AM   #4
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All of my boys have one, AJ was about a year old when they found it, Dustin I think was younger and Brighton was about 2 months. I have one as well and it wasn't found until I was about 6 I think. My oldest sister also has one. Yeah...guess it's a family thing .

They can be innocent and no biggie and in other cases they are a biggie I *believe* that's not common and since it wasn't diagnosed until now I'm betting it's a quiet one and not a problem.

One more thing, anytime she goes to the dentist they need to know she has a murmur...have them put it in her record and make sure to remind them each time. Forget why but I know it's important for some reason
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Both of mine have one - ODS dx'd at 1 year, YDS at 1 week. Both have had 2 echocardiograms each to be sure of the type. They are different, but both "innocent" meaning NO ramifications for sports, dental work, etc.

You should get an Echo so they will know what kind - there are tons of different ones. My ODS has one that will not go away. My YDS should grow out of his. I have one, as well. (Dx'd in my teens!)

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All of my boys have one, AJ was about a year old when they found it, Dustin I think was younger and Brighton was about 2 months. I have one as well and it wasn't found until I was about 6 I think. My oldest sister also has one. Yeah...guess it's a family thing .

They can be innocent and no biggie and in other cases they are a biggie I *believe* that's not common and since it wasn't diagnosed until now I'm betting it's a quiet one and not a problem.

One more thing, anytime she goes to the dentist they need to know she has a murmur...have them put it in her record and make sure to remind them each time. Forget why but I know it's important for some reason
The dental thing is b/c anytime you have dental work done, potentially dangerous bacteria could be released into your bloodstream (I always bleed when they go to town with that pick on the gums -ouch!) If you have a heart condition, the bacteria could cause an infection around the heart called pericarditis. So people w/ certain heart conditions need to be on prophylactic antibiotics when they have dental work, to keep from getting an infection.

Like I said earlier, though, not all heart murmurs require this. Neither of my sons or mine require that we take abx for dental work.
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I have a murmur myself, though ds does not....I was diagnosed as an older child, and mine is due to mild pulmonic stenosis.....It doesn't have any negative ramifications for me, other than I need to take prophylactic antibiotics before dental work,etc......but each type of murmur is distinct....on me they have been doing echocardiograms every 2 years or so just to make sure nothing changes....but I'm 30 years old, and going strong...I've never had a problem!
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Dd is three and has one also.
The doc listens to it each time we visit and says, it's still there, and also pretty loud. But not a problem. He says she may grow out of it, but if not she shold be just fine. She doesn't get winded easily, but if she gets upset and crys hard her color takes ages to to come right again, she goes all blotchy.
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when my LO was 3, his ped detected a heart murmur, so he had an echo done and everything looked great, we switched docs cause I hated our ped, and the new family doc def., detected a heart murmur. So again, another echo(since its a dif doc) and the heart specialist said he was fine. So I am guessing he has one but its harmless. Ther first echo guy couldnt even find it and said that in children the chest walls and stuff are so thin that sometimes you can think you hear a murmur when there actually isnt one.

many of you probably wondered why murmur=2 echos.

my husband has mitrovalve prolapse, and my sister and my nephew(my 12 year old) have a very rare, buut deadly heart disease.

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All of my boys have one, AJ was about a year old when they found it, Dustin I think was younger and Brighton was about 2 months. I have one as well and it wasn't found until I was about 6 I think. My oldest sister also has one. Yeah...guess it's a family thing .

They can be innocent and no biggie and in other cases they are a biggie I *believe* that's not common and since it wasn't diagnosed until now I'm betting it's a quiet one and not a problem.

One more thing, anytime she goes to the dentist they need to know she has a murmur...have them put it in her record and make sure to remind them each time. Forget why but I know it's important for some reason
you should not be given floride if you have a heart murmur.... i had one and remember this because i hated flouride so i was super excited hahaha... oh and because of the antibiotics thing, although I never needed it, my nephew does though

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