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Foramen Ovale?

My son is 3 weeks old. He has had to stay in the hospital since he was born. The Dr. called me yeserday to tell me when he was checking his heart he heard a murmur, so they did an ultrasound of his heart & found that the Foramen Ovale (basically a hole in his heart) that normally closes shortly after birth has not closed. He said it is nothing to cause alarm at this time, it is causing no problems. That they will schedule a follow-up and give it time to close on it own. If not, he might "need some help".(?) He mentioned that in some infants it is benign and that it is hard to tell the difference between this and "Atrial Septal Defect".
Has anyone here had this happen with their baby, or does anyone have information on this they could share with me? I am so scared. I spent all yesterday and last nite looking this up online. If anyone could help me understand better I would really appreciate it. Please pray for Hayden.

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Asked by Maya09 at 12:43 PM on Oct. 14, 2009 in Health

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  • Oh dear, you poor mom. It is pretty common. The hole usually closes completely within the first month or two. A murmur in an infant should be looked into, especially if it lasts more than those first couple of months. I'm not going to say anything about what 'help" they might suggest, because I don't know enough specifics. If you are worried (and I understand why you would be), ask the doc if your baby should see a cardiologist and if the anwer is no, then ask at what point that would be indicated. I suspect the answer will be "no" at this point. My prayers are with you and your whole family.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:05 PM on Oct. 14, 2009

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