Childhood Diseases

Posted by: DEE | 2012-09-03



Dear Prof
My 4 year old daughter as been complaining for about a week about a pressing chest pain , she does eat allot of tomotoes and spicy foods , i Took her to the pead and she said its reflux they did an x ray for pnemonia and it was clear the report just showed slight bronchitus THE PEAD said everything is fine becuase she is not showing any other symptoms like fever, coughing THIS IS JSUT FOR A 2ND OPINION i value your OPINION becus of your expirience thank you

Expert's Reply



It would be very unusual for a child of this age to suddenly start with having a reflux problem, but you do mention that your daughter is fond of spices. It would certainly be a good idea to stop her eating spicy food now. One of the most common causes of sudden chest pain like this in a young child is due to an infection of the lining of the membrane lining the lungs and is known as 'pleurisy'.A common cause of pleurisy is an underlying pneumonia especially one kind of pneumonia called 'atypical pneumonia'. If the Xray is taken very early in the illness it may not show up on the Xray.It would be best to take your daughter back to the doctor as children do not complain about having chest pain very often and it is important to try to find the cause.

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