What are common causes of chest pain in children?

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    As a parent, you may worry that your child’s chest pain is a sign of a heart condition. This is very rarely the case for children, in contrast to adults. More than 95 percent of children who have chest pain will not have a heart condition. 

    Common causes of chest pain in children include the following: 

    • Musculoskeletal - irritated chest muscles, cartilage or ribs
    • Lungs - irritation of a lung’s membrane (pleuritic irritation) or asthma-related symptoms
    • Gastrointestinal - acid reflux, esophageal spasms, difficulty swallowing
    • Psychogenic - chest pain can be commonly associated with anxiety
    • Idiopathic - no specific cause can be found; this is the most common occurrence
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