Your child may need a series of repair procedures.
Before your child comes home, the nursing staff will explain medicines and treatments.
For example, your child may need special formula and supplemental feedings to help him
or her grow. The staff will also help to arrange home healthcare, if needed. You may
get other instructions from your child's heart care team and the hospital staff.
Babies will have bluish skin (cyanosis) after the first 2 surgeries, or until the final
Fontan procedure is done. Your child may grow and develop slowly because of decreased
oxygen in the blood. After the Fontan procedure, when oxygen levels get better, you will
likely see large improvements in your child's grow and development.
child will need to be seen often by a pediatric cardiologist. The cardiologist may
- Your child should get all recommended vaccines.
- Your child will probably need antibiotics before some types of surgery or dental procedures.
child may have to not take part in some sports.
- As your child grows and matures, he or she will need to work with a cardiologist and other healthcare providers to plan pregnancy or surgeries.
Regular follow-up care at a center offering pediatric or adult congenital cardiac care should continue throughout life.
Talk with your child's cardiologist about the specific outlook for your child.