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What causes chest pain in children?

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Posted on Tue, 8 Jul 2014
Question: my daughter is complaining she is having some chest pain, (feels like she cracked her ribs she says. She is over at a friends house currently) she says she is trying to take deep calm breaths. She is 13
. we live at the beach and she was swimming today, I don't think she drank a lot of water but she goes and gets smoothie and that probably does not help for hydration.
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Answered by Dr. Arun (15 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
If pain persists visit ER

Detailed Answer:
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Thanks for writing to healthcare magic
Your child could have just a muscle pain or gastritis. If so it should settle with rest and deep breathing.
Ensure she takes plenty of liquids , avoid spicy foods.
If pain does not settle in few hours, it could be something serious like rib injury which needs visit to ER to confirm.

Wishing her speedy recovery.

Regards
Dr Arun
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Brief Answer: If pain persists visit ER Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for writing to healthcare magic Your child could have just a muscle pain or gastritis. If so it should settle with rest and deep breathing. Ensure she takes plenty of liquids , avoid spicy foods. If pain does not settle in few hours, it could be something serious like rib injury which needs visit to ER to confirm. Wishing her speedy recovery. Regards Dr Arun