Chest pain can be caused by many things, from a pulled muscle to asthma. Depending on the reason for the pain, symptoms may differ but can include tightness, discomfort, coughing, wheezing, and a burning sensation. In kids, chest pain is rarely a sign of something serious, such as heart trouble.
Common causes of chest pain include:
Most causes of chest pain in kids and teens are not cause for concern and will clear up with minimal or no treatment. But call the doctor if chest pain is accompanied by trouble breathing or rapid breathing, a racing heart, dizziness or fainting, chest pressure, or blue or gray color around the lips.
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|National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) The website of NCIPC contains a variety of injury prevention information.|
|American Sports Medicine Institute The mission of ASMI is to improve the understanding, prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries through research and education.|
|A to Z: Contusion (Bruise), Chest Learn more about contusions (bruises) of the chest.|
|Costochondritis This type of chest pain may seem scary at first, but it's usually nothing to worry about. Most kids begin to feel better on their own after a few days.|
|A to Z: Tietze Disease Learn more about diseases of the chest wall and conditions that cause chest pain.|
|Costochondritis Costochondritis is a fairly common cause of chest pain. It's not serious, but it can be scary. Find out what it is, and what to do if you think you have it.|
|First Aid: Chest Pains Chest pain can be caused by many things, but it is rarely a sign of serious heart trouble in children. Here's what to do about it.|
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