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  1. 1. health news gotta have it! Squeaky Many kids’ heart defects won’t Clean need treatment. When you squeeze your child’s bathTake This to Heart toys and black mildew squirtsApproximately one out of every 100 babies has a congenital heart defect (CHD). out, it’s enough to BABY: SARAH KEHOE. STYLING BY SARAH CONROY FOR SEE MANAGEMENT. GROOMING BY BRYAN LYNDE. FISH: PETER ARDITO.The good news: “The majority of kids can have a normal life without limitations,”says Gil Wernovsky, M.D., medical director for the Neurocardiac Care Program atChildren’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who offers this advice for parents: make you want to toss out the Ask your M.D. about Watch for red flags. See a specialist.newborn screenings. Babies with CHD may If an exam by your whole bunch.The most critical cases of appear to struggle while pediatrician uncovers a Hevea’s PondCHD can be found with feeding, stopping to catch concern, such as a murmur Bath Toys are allultrasound during their breath between or high blood pressure, cast in one piece,pregnancy or by screening sucks or sweating on their get a referral to a pediatricnewborns with pulse forehead when eating. cardiologist. Some kids so there are nooximetry. This painless test They may also breathe with a congenital heart holes or crevicesuses probes on the hand rapidly while at rest or defect will need surgery. for grime to hideand foot that measureblood oxygen levels. have puffiness in their face, hands, or feet. For others, a wait-and-see approach may be best. in. And you’ll feel good knowing the toys are 100 percent natural rubberDid You Know? Newborns haven’t yet developed the reflex and BPA-free.that tells them to open their mouth to breathe if their nose is $30 for three;blocked, says Nina Shapiro, M.D., author of Take a Deep Breath: heveababyusa.comClear the Air for the Health of Your Child. If your child has nasalcongestion, use saline drops to make her more comfortable.march 2012 52 parents

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