Chest Pain in Children
Chest pain in adolescents is quite common. It is very frequent to relate chest pain with the heart problem, but fortunately, 95% of the cases with chest pain are not related to any of the heart diseases.
A pediatrician should carefully examine the child complaining about chest pain. A detailed history and proper screening can help to diagnose the actual reason. In case a heart condition is suspected, the child should be referred to the pediatric cardiologist.
Common Reasons for Chest Pain in Children
Following are some of the common causes of Chest pain in children:
- Gastrointestinal: esophageal spasms, acid reflux, difficulty swallowing
- Lungs: asthma-related symptoms
- Musculoskeletal: irritated chest muscles or ribs
- Psychogenic: anxiety
- Idiopathic: no definite signs of any condition
Apart from all of the common causes listed above, chest pain in children can be frustrating because it often recurs, and often a specific reason may not be able to be diagnosed or specifically treated.
When to Visit a Pediatrician?
Several factors can cause chest pain. However, as discussed above, chest pain in children is not always caused by a heart problem.
You may get worried when your child complains of chest pain. “It can be a Heart Problem” is the first thing that comes to mind. In children, though, it’s dubious that chest pain is caused by a heart problem.
Whatever the case is, do not ignore if your child has told you about the chest pain. Make a call to get an appointment with your child’s pediatrician at his clinic immediately. Tell him what your child is experiencing. Your child’s doctor will see whether further tests are needed.