Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Ashleigh | 2013-02-12

Q.

CHEST PAINS

Good Day Doc
I need advice, My son will be 8yrs in June and he keeps complaining of chest pains. it is there by the left nipple
(is this to do with his heart or lungs)

When he was 6 he got phnemonia for the 2nd time (one 8mnth old and again at 5.5yrs) the pead then sent him for an asthma test and he came back fine (no problems)
He started complaining that it hurts in his chest about 2 months ago, the pain will be there for +-1hrs then he is fine again and a few weeks later it will come again

Must i send him for tests or take him to Pead
Please help

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your son's complaint is rather common at his age. His chest pain has nothing to do with his heart or his lungs. His chest pain is due to a condition called the Da Costa syndrome or spasm of the internal mammary artery. This is an artery on the inside of his chest wall. No problem will result from the occasional spasm of this artery. The pain is always caused by stress. You need to speak to your son and to find out what is causing him so much stress at present. It is usually something at school that is causing this complaint such as being bullied. If necessary he may need to see a child psychologist.

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