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