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Pediatrics Common Questions, Quick Answers

Chest Pain in Children

Donna D'Alessandro, M.D.
Lindsay Huth, B.A.
Peer Review Status: Internally Reviewed
Creation Date: January 2002
Last Revision Date: April 2002

Common Questions, Quick Answers

What is chest pain?

What causes chest pain?

Who can get chest pain?

What other symptoms should I look for? What could they be a sign of?
Many children will have other symptoms with their chest pain. Where the pain is, how it feels, when it hurts and for how long, and what other symptoms your child has are important clues to what might be causing the pain. If your child has any of the following symptoms, call your doctor:


Possible Cause

Fever and coughing

bronchitis, bronchiolitis, or pneumonia

Sharp pain when taking a deep breath

inflamed lining around the lung

Shortness of breath and pain on one side of the chest

air leaking from lung (this happens rarely)

Numb hands and wheezing

hyperventilation (overbreathing) or asthma

Blistering, red rash that is painful


Pain in front of chest, expecially after activity

inflamed joints in the chest

Irregular heartbeat, pounding, dizziness, and fainting

a heart problem

How is chest pain treated?

When should I call the doctor?

Quick Answers


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