Dr Guatam, from Townsville Paediatrics tells us more about heart murmurs, and what to do if your child has one.
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.