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asd of baby

my baby is one and half month older.Her birth weight is 3.2kg and now increased to 4.4kg she has os asd with 10mm is it problum to her helth,what we do about that(some time she crying when brest feeding)
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Dear Nbmohotty,

A 10 mm secundum atrial septal defect typically does not cause problems in infants and small children.  However, it is very unlikely that it will resolve by itself.  Over the long term, it can lead to pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure across the lungs) as well as arrhythmias and decreased exercise tolerance.  Therefore, we usually try to eliminate them between ages 3 and 5 years.  They can be closed with a device that can be placed through a catheter, or they can be surgically closed.  Without seeing your child, I cannot determine which would be best to do, although it is also too early to evaluate her for this at this time.  If she has problems with eating, getting out of breath too easily with feeds or activity, or sweating more than other children with activity, she should be seen by her pediatric cardiologist to ensure that she has no other cardiac concerns.
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