How To Tell If Your Child Has Abnormal Heart Rhythm

We speak to an expert to find out.

Did you know that heart arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythms) is quite a common condition? Some could have it permanently (perhaps due to genetics), while for others it’s temporary (some medications can cause this).

Dr Norazlina binti Mohd Yusof, who specialises in cardiology, describes heartbeats below 60 as slow and heartbeats above 100 as fast. But, fret not, in most cases, heart arrhythmia is benign. If, however, it’s accompanied by chest paints, dizziness, and breathlessness – you need to get yourself checked as it could cause heart failure and be fatal.

Not just a condition that plagues adults, Dr Norazlina lists down ways to tell if your child suffers from heart arrhythmia:

1.  Chest pains

If your child tells you they have trouble breathing and has chest pains, you need to get it checked. Pain in the stomach could also indicate a heart condition, as a part of your heart does sit on the stomach. And if it is that particular part of the heart that is in trouble, gastric medication won’t work.

2. Failure to thrive

‘Failure to thrive’ is a term is used by paediatricians to describe children who are abnormally small and have trouble putting on weight.

3. Blue baby syndrome

If your baby’s skin has a bluish tinge to it, he or she may have abnormal heart rhythms brought about by a congenital heart defect.

4. Weak feeding

Gauge how your baby feeds from you. If the sucking of your breast milk is very weak or your baby loses breath easily while sucking, it may warrant further investigation.