Should I be Concerned About My Child’s Heart Murmur?

Dr A. Guatam – Townsville Paediatrics

Dear Dr Guatam, My child has a heart murmur. Should I be concerned?

Heart murmurs are whooshing or humming sounds heard between the two heartbeat sounds, with a stethoscope. Pathological murmurs can be caused by serious conditions and additional tests may be required to determine an innocent murmur from a harmful one. However, a murmur by itself does not always represent an abnormality. A large majority of healthy infants and young children can have murmurs which will disappear as the child grows. Contact your Doctor if the heart murmur concerns you or seems ongoing.

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