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Heart Murmur/Stop Breathing
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Heart Murmur/Stop Breathing

My  son's doctor told me not to let him scream becuase he heard a heart murmur. I asked why not let the baby cry because that helps his lungs, he said because it could make his heart blow up. I just want to know if this is true because my son goes to day care and they always are telling me that he screams all day long. Please help
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Dear amburlee:  before you get too frantic, I think it would be advisable for you to contact the pediatric cardiologist who saw your son in the past.  Let them know you have an upcoming appointment for a recheck, but that you had concerns about the things your primary doctor told you.  Since your cardiologist has the old records, perhaps they can reassure or advise you.
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