Functional Heart Murmur (Child)
A heart murmur is a sound that blood makes as it moves through the heart. It may be a sign of some problem in the heart or valve structure. But in most cases a heart murmur is completely harmless and a normal finding. Sometimes they can be a sign of a more serious issue that needs more testing or treatment. Most children have a heart murmur at some time in their life. It may be the result of a short-term (acute) illness such as an upper respiratory tract infection. These murmurs come and go during childhood. They don't affect the child’s health. As the child gets older, the murmurs go away on their own. These are called innocent or functional murmurs.
Innocent heart murmurs don't need special care or treatment.
Follow up with your healthcare provider, or as advised. Getting regular checkups can allow your healthcare provider to monitor for anything unusual.
When to seek medical advice
Call your healthcare provider right away if any of these occur:
In newborns and babies:
In children and teens:
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