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    So I took DD to the Drs today for a possible ear infection ( all clear) before we left the dr said she wanted to check dd's heart. No worries... Then it took a long time and my hair started to go up on the back of my neck. Dr said there was nothing to be worried about but the last time we took DD into see her she heard something but dd had a nasty chest infection so she just made a note to check next time she came in.

    Long story short I went in for an ear infection and walked out with a referral to the hospital for a heart murmur that will take 2-3 weeks to get a letter in the mail and then I can make the appt.

    DD is 6 and never had a heart problem before.. Should I panic?

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    If she doesn't show any signs like shortness of breath, blue lips, or lethargy I wouldn't panic. It may be nothing.

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    Thank you, no signs - just so out of left field it has really thrown me

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    Ds3 was diagnosed at 5months and it turned out to be an innocent murmur that is a normal finding in some kids.

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    Does anyone know if it is common in older children?

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    My daughter was diagnosed with a heart murmur at age 3. Is very common and most of the time is nothing to worry about.

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    Heart murmurs are usually innocent. I know it's hard, but try not to stress too much.

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    Heart murmurs are quite common and usually quite innocent.
    But it's good that your gp is so thorough.
    My daughter has a very serious heart defect... and if there are no other symptoms like blueness..lethargy...not eating...underweight...etc. then it's likely innocent but good to be checked.

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    We had a similar situation, went in for something completely different and walk out with a referral to get DS heart checked, as the dr thought he may have a murmur. Ends up it was something else, but what I wanted to say is do not panic, it really is likely that it's not something you don't need to worry about.
    I have a friend, while we were at school would regularly get her heart murmur checked- she was a great athlete, now has kids, it did not impact on her quality of life at all.

    Keep as calm as possible until your appointment- I know it's a terrible wait!

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    Thank you so much! Wait is even worse being in the NT but also trying not to talk about around DD she has no idea and I don't want to scare her. It is a bit of a relief to hear that it is a bit common ( not a relief to hear about your kids - I am so sorry).

    Waiting game suck balls!


 

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