Growth Lags in CHD Kids

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Growth Lags in CHD Kids
Thu, 02-28-2013 - 3:48pm

Reserachers have found that children with a heart defect tend to have slower growth than their peers, possibly due to growth regulation abnormalities, not nutrition: 

"When compared with their healthy peers, children with congenital heart disease have impaired growth, as measured in weight, length and head circumference," senior study author Dr. Meryl Cohen, a pediatric cardiologist at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia cardiac center, said in a hospital news release. "We investigated patterns of poor growth in these children, as a starting point in guiding us toward more effective treatments."

Read more at: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/02/22/children-born-with-heart-defects-show-growth-lags-3-years-later

They mention at the end of the article that research needs to be done to see how growth hormones and other factors come into play.  

Has this been an issue for your child?  If so, have their doctors addressed it at all?