Keeping Your Child with CHD Healthy
- Thorough hand washing for all caregivers and anyone visiting your home
- Minimize exposure to crowded areas such as malls, churches, and social gatherings during the months of October through March
- Eliminate exposure to tobacco smoke
Prevention of Winter Illnesses
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Prevention
Children under age 2, should receive Palivizumab (Synagis®) shot starting in October and every month until March. This has been shown to reduce the incidence of RSV and decrease the chance of hospitalization for RSV.
Children with CHD above 6 months of age should receive a flu shot in October. If less than 6 months of age, all close contacts should receive the flu shot or the live attenuated influenza vaccine (Flumist®). Any child who has never received the flu vaccine should receive two doses of the vaccine at least four weeks apart.
Call your healthcare provider if your child develops any of the following signs and symptoms:
- Fast Breathing
- Blue or grey color to skin
- Trouble eating, drinking, or sleeping
Certain children with heart conditions may require antibiotics prior to medical and dental procedures. Talk to your healthcare provider about whether your child needs this added protection prior to procedures or tests.