Infective endocarditis (IE)

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Some children with heart problems are at risk for developing a serious infection called infective endocarditis. Learn about the prevention and treatment of infective endocarditis.

Key points

  • Infective endocarditis (IE) is a serious infection of the heart that can affect some children with heart problems.
  • The signs of infective endocarditis are similar to those of the flu.
  • It is better and easier to prevent infective endocarditis than to treat it.
  • Take good care of your child's teeth, including proper brushing and flossing and regular visits to the dentist.
  • Make sure your child gets antibiotics for certain dental procedures, ONLY if recommended by your child's cardiologist.
  • Get your child a Medic Alert bracelet if needed.
Last updated: October 25th 2010