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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.
All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.
Learn more about diseases of the chest wall and conditions that cause chest pain.
Learn more about contusions (bruises) of the chest.
Chest pain can be caused by many things, but it is rarely a sign of heart trouble in children. Here’s what to do about it.
Costochondritis is a painful swelling of the cartilage that attaches the ribs to the breastbone. It’s one of the most common causes of chest pain in kids and teens.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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