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Baby born with hole in heart. Used artificial valve in heart. Why are lips bright red?

My friend has blessed with twins(first Girl kid, 2nd Boy kid). Girl was good and health but where as boy baby was born with a hole in the heart , he was operated and put an artificial valve in heart , doctors said again he should be operated, now he was 18 months boy kid. his lips and tongue is full reddish like a beet root, he was not such active. can say precautions
Asked On : Thu, 9 Aug 2012
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Feb 2013
Thank you for your query,
The second male kid probaly having some cyanotic congenital heart disease.
The reddish lips and tongue is due to polycythemia which occurs in cyanotic congenital heart disease due to persistent stimulation of erythriod tissue because of low oxygen in the blood.
Hydration to be maintained properly during the states of gastroenteritis.
Iron deficiency should be treated with oral iron supplements.
Cyanotic spells if present they should be managed promptly.
Infective endocarditis prophylaxis should be indicated before any invasive procedures like dental , urogenital interventions.
Hope I have answered your query.
Answered: Thu, 7 Feb 2013
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