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What causes shortness of breath during a bath in a child?

I have a 7 year old son who s also constantly complaining of shortness of breath when taking a bath. I took him to the Res Cross hospital where he had an ecg and xrays were taken...nothing reflects any heart complications. What could be the problem because he becomes quite weak. XXXX
Fri, 6 Sep 2019
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Hello,

Very likely he is having anxiety or panic attacks when he has a bath, especially because the examinations of the heart and lungs were normal.
You may need to discuss with the child if there is anything worrisome while having a bath.
Also, he may have a shower instead and also try to avoid very hot or very cold water.

A psychotherapist may help if these do not help enough.

I hope this answers your query.
I remain at your disposal in case further medical assistance is needed.

Regards,
Dr. Antoneta Zotaj
General and Family Physician
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