Chest pain in children

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Learn about causes and treatment of chest pain in children.

Key points

  • In children, chest pain is usually caused by muscle, tendon or bone injuries, inflammation, lung infections or anxiety.
  • Your child’s doctor will usually offer a diagnosis based on examining your child. Most children do not need to have tests or see a specialist.
  • You can take care of a child at home by treating the pain with medicines or warm or cool packs and by having your child avoid strenuous activity.
  • Call 911 if the chest pain comes with high fever, weakness, heart racing, dizziness, sweating or difficulty breathing.
Last updated: January 21st 2015