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A 35-year-old member asked:

5 year old is complaining that her heart hurts. sometimes after physical activity and other times not. should i be concerned?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Usually not: Most headaches in children do not mean anything bad. However, if the headache does not go away with a dose of tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin or if the occur more than once week, see your doctor. The most common culprits are dental problems and vision problems.
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
See your doctor: Is it really her heart or is it her chest? Most "heart pain" in children is really musculoskeletal chest wall pain and is not a concern. While I am not concerned, that is a question that is best answered after the child is seen.Make an appointment with your doctor. Tylenol (acetaminophen) may help. Ibuprofen may help, etc. Nothing is better than a visit for evaluation and reassurance.
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Last updated Dec 7, 2018

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