When your child complains of chest pain, it’s natural to jump to heart-related conclusions. But most cases of chest pain in children aren’t caused by cardiac conditions.
It can sometimes be hard to get a clear description of your child’s chest pain, but symptoms usually include:
- Burning sensation.
- Pain when taking deep breaths.
So what should you do? Make an appointment with your child’s primary care physician, and keep in mind that chest pain in children is usually not heart-related. Chest pain can often be attributed to one or more of the following:
- Gastroesophogeal reflux disease, or ongoing heartburn
- Pain or inflammation in the chest wall
- Stress or anxiety
- Viral illness
Heading to the hospital is absolutely necessary in some situations. Seek emergency care if:
- Exercise brings about chest pain, or makes it worse.
- Chest pain occurs with rapid or irregular heartbeat.
- Fainting or passing out occurs with chest pain.
- Your child has a tall slender physique with long arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet and toes.
- You know of or suspect any drug use.
- There’s a family history of early sudden cardiac death.