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My 9 yr.Old daughter has chest pain and difficulty breathing periodicaly, what could be the cause of this?
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Christopher Breen
General Practice
10 doctors agree
In brief: Asthma?
The most common cause of chest pain and difficulty breathing in a child is asthma.
It is especially likely that is is asthma if there are triggers like exercise, cold, and allergens. It is also possible that there is a musculoskeletal issue. If the ribs are not moving freely with the diaphragm it can also cause these symptoms. Both can be treated easily by inhalers or manipulation respectively.

In brief: Asthma?
The most common cause of chest pain and difficulty breathing in a child is asthma.
It is especially likely that is is asthma if there are triggers like exercise, cold, and allergens. It is also possible that there is a musculoskeletal issue. If the ribs are not moving freely with the diaphragm it can also cause these symptoms. Both can be treated easily by inhalers or manipulation respectively.
Christopher Breen
Christopher Breen
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2 comments
Dr. Brian Novick
If she hasnt seen her doctor recently it would be a good idea to do so, so she can have a complete examination.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Another cause could be a congenital heart defect like atrial septal defect. I agree with Dr. Novick it's time for your daughter to see her pediatrician.
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: If she has symptoms
of asthma such as chronic Or recurrent cough (especially at night), wheezing, shortness or breath or exercise intolerance and a family history of asthma, is would be especially important to be evaluated ! Another consideration would be costochondritis, which is inflammation of the connective tissue in the rib cage ( very painful but not dangerous).

In brief: If she has symptoms
of asthma such as chronic Or recurrent cough (especially at night), wheezing, shortness or breath or exercise intolerance and a family history of asthma, is would be especially important to be evaluated ! Another consideration would be costochondritis, which is inflammation of the connective tissue in the rib cage ( very painful but not dangerous).
Dr. Tanya Russo
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Dr. Pamela Moore
Pediatrics
In brief: Maybe asthma
The symptoms you describe could be asthma or something more serious.
I would recommend that you see her doctor for evaluation as soon as possible.

In brief: Maybe asthma
The symptoms you describe could be asthma or something more serious.
I would recommend that you see her doctor for evaluation as soon as possible.
Dr. Pamela Moore
Dr. Pamela Moore
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