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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Having identified your child's heart condition, we're able to begin the process of treating him, so that we may ultimately return him to good health.
Upon birth, your newborn will be admitted to Boston Children's Hospital's cardiac intensive care unit (CICU). Initially, he or she may be placed on oxygen or a ventilator to help with breathing, and IV (intravenous) medications may be given to help the heart and lungs function more efficiently.
Once stabilized, your baby's treatments will probably include:
Surgical techniques for treating congenital heart defects are continually being refined, and Boston Children's surgical success rates are very high. Nevertheless, your child will need periodic monitoring, since he or she could be at some risk for:
After surgery, your child's cardiologist will offer recommendations for follow-up care, including:
As your baby recovers and grows, be sure to follow a regular program of well-baby/well-child checkups.
Your child's cardiologist will help you create a long-term care program as your baby matures into childhood, the teen years and even adulthood. Most of our patients who have had congenital heart disease retain an ongoing relationship with their Boston Children's cardiologist. We will prevent and treat complications, as well as advise on daily-life issues, such as exercise and activity levels, nutrition and precautions related to pregnancy.
Surgical techniques for TGA and its associated defects are continually being refined, and the long-term outlook is improving. Most children who've had TGA surgery recover and grow normally. Even so, your child will need periodic monitoring, since he or she may be at increased risk for arrhythmias, leaky valves, narrowing of the arteries, and other heart issues.
We understand that you'll have a lot of questions. Will surgery help my child? What's the long-term outlook? Boston Children's Hospital has a variety of resources at that may be helpful to your family, including:
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”