Children with congenital heart disease are at an increased risk of having Endocarditis (an infection of the inner heart lining). Whilst this is rare, the chances of it occurring can be reduced by taking precautions.
Endocarditis causes symptoms of tiredness, sweating, diminished appetite, and weight loss. This usually occurs over a period of a few weeks but if the infection is severe, symptoms may sometimes occur within days. If this problem is suspected, it is important to seek urgent medical advice.
The following are some things to look out for when caring for children with Endocarditis.