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What Can It Be When A Child Complains Of Pain In The Ribs
Probably: There are many causes of chest pain in children. Interestingly, chest pain is rarely due to heart diseases in children. Overall, probably the most common causes of chest pain are musculoskeletal. These include strained muscles, inflamed joints along the ribs, bone pain, etc. Some children have pain related to lung problems, including asthma ; pneumonia. Esophageal disorders (reflux) exist. ...Read more
Possibly: This is potentially more likely in an infant that cannot roll over at all. In older children sleeping on one side should not make ribs develop asymmetrically as the child is up and moving all day. We are all asymmetric ...I have had success with chiropractic adjustments, massage, and craniosacral therapy resolving such asymmetry as these release fascia and muscles that can misalign the bones. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rare: Most studies cite rates of 1 in 500 (0.2%) of the general population. ...Read more
9yr old thin m. One rib seems to poke out more than the other. Is definitely bone, not tissue. Child does Judo. No pain. Should we be worried?
Address next visit: It is not unusual for a thin child to have some mild asymmetry and to see a little difference on one side compared to the other. I would have his pediatrician take a look at it. Also he should have a good exam for scoliosis, early scoliosis can sometimes cause an asymmetrical appearance of the rib cage as well. Your doc will let you know if any xrays are necessary! ...Read more
My child is hurting with sharp pains in the lower part of her rib cage, with vomiting, what could possibly be going on?
Pain in chest near breast when push on rib pain in back in same area heaviness, frequent belching feels like food sticks in area carry, heavy child?
Is it possible to bruise your ribs from coughing so much?I have had the cough for 3 weeks and lost my voice for 2 weeks.Choir child-2hrs dy
Not exactly: The baby is confined inside the uterus, which is anchored in the pelvis. As it grows, uterus expands and everything gets pushed upwards, but the baby isn't exactly scuba diving around...Can have relative appearance of this if you are small and baby is big (or later in pregnancy). Hope this helps. ...Read more
Nobody's symmetric: I guess the question is, how much bigger? Sometimes the ribs are "bell shaped" a little, and one rib may be a little more prominent than the other. That's totally normal. If there is a notable size difference, it might be something to bring up at the next well check. If the difference is changing day to day, then get it looked at now. ...Read more
Whenever you like: You can take your baby outside, properly dressed for the weather, whenever you wish. ...Read more
No: At 14 weeks gestation, the baby is way down in the abdomen, not anywhere near the ribs. ...Read more
Maybe cartilage?: It's hard to imagine a bone moving out of place to form a bulge, but the front of the rib cage has a lot of cartilage. Cartilage is a little bit movable but may be more movable during pregnancy. Perhaps the cartilage and/or the junction of where it attaches to bone is inflamed (called costochondritis) and either moved a bit or just swelled up from the inflammation. A primary care doctor can check. ...Read more
When I bend or sit it feels like a baby has kicked me. Later on u have a pain below my right rib ..what could it be?
Hello my boyfriend has some broken ribs and he coughed on some water and is complaining of pain in his side, will he be okay?
Yes: Broken ribs are certainly very painful especially in the first few weeks. Coughing or anything else which causes them to move will elicit pain. He will be alright. ...Read more
Complaining of some pain in her rib area when breathing that happens now and again and has been happening for a few years? Any ideas
Skelatan: At your age it is unlikely anything serious. It is not uncommon for young people to have sharp chest pain that lasts for several seconds or more. Usually worse with deep breath and resolves as fast as it comes. However if you have other symptoms such as dizziness or shortness of breath you should see your doctor. ...Read more
Spasms under left rib cage almost feels like a baby kicking it comes and goes and if i lay on my back i can see it spasm almost closer to midline left?
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