First Aid

    Chest pain can be caused by many things, from a pulled muscle to asthma. Depending on the reason for the pain, the symptoms may differ. Chest pain in children is rarely a sign of heart trouble.

    Signs and Symptoms

    • tightness
    • discomfort
    • burning sensation
    • pain when taking deep breaths
    • coughing
    • wheezing

    What to Do

    • Call the doctor if your child has ongoing chest pain.

    Get Emergency Medical Care If:

    • Chest pain happens during exercise.

    Your child has:

    • trouble breathing or rapid breathing
    • a racing heart or heart palpitations (fluttering)
    • pressure in the chest
    • dizziness or fainting
    • blue or gray color around the lips

    Think Prevention!

    It's hard to always avoid chest pain because it has many possible causes. But you can:

    • Make sure kids get routine immunizations to prevent infections that could cause chest pain.
    • Follow the doctor's treatment plan if your child has asthma.
    • Avoid foods that seem to bring on indigestion.
    • Make sure kids have a sports physical before playing organized sports.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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