Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Ann | 2008/07/23


Sore chest

I have a 13 year old boy that is training 5x a week for swimming. He is in the National squad. He does approximately 4km of swimming every day. Since last week he has been complaining of a sore tight chest. I gave him his Ventolin pump (he has been diagnosed with asthma since he was 8 months old, but has not been on any medication for the past 2 years) and it did not give him any relieve. He also struggles to fall asleep if his chest is so sore. I took him to the docter lastnight and she said that his heart and lungs are fine and that she think it is his muscles and gave him Neurofen to drink. She also said that if the chest keeps getting sore, that we need to see a paediatrician. Can you please tell me why we need to see the paed then? What else can it be? Kind Regards

Expert's Reply



The most likely cause of your son's chest pain is either a strain of his pectoral mucles or of his intercostal muscles due to his swimming training. However there is a viral infection involving the chest muscles called Bornholm's Disease which should be excluded. so I agree that it is worthwhile for your son to be seen by a paediatrician.

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