Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

If you notice your baby crying excessively, consult the physician immediately. The baby could be afflicted with arrhythmia, a health condition in which the heart beats with an irregular or abnormal rhythm.

Proper diagnosis and timely treatment by doctors at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar saved a baby who was suffering from the rare disease.

The 25-day-old baby girl was crying consistently for more than 12 hours and had stopped taking food. Subsequently, the anxious parents rushed the infant to AIIMS Bhubaneswar.

A team of doctors checked the baby and after various diagnoses, the infant was found suffering from arrhythmia. Her heart rate was 300 bpm (instead of below 140).

Initially, the baby didn’t respond to any medicines and she was immediately admitted into the neonatal intensive care unit. The treating doctors had to give shock treatment and it resulted in reducing the rhythm to normal. The baby’s heart rate became normal after 24 hours. The infant is now doing well on oral drugs to prevent cardiac dysrhythmias.

“Child crying excessively may be arrhythmia. The disease can be fatal if not diagnosed in time. Parents should be aware of this,” warned a doctor.

Meanwhile, the parents of the baby have expressed their gratitude to the doctors who cured their girl from the rare disease.

(Edited by Ramakant Biswas)

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