First Aid: Chest Pains
Article Translations: (Spanish)
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
- burning sensation
- pain when taking deep breaths
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
It's hard to always avoid chest pain because it has many possible causes. But you can:
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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