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I want it. My ank recently complained of pain in his chest, and his breath was still painful. At first he asked when he was playing at his friend’s corner. But he also has a history of asthma pills. What do you mean by my pediatrician?

1 Answer:

Hi Neneng,

Thank you for asking

Both mechanical injury to the chest (such as being punched) and asthma can cause chest pain, especially when you inhale.

Injuries to the chest can cause damage starting from the outer components of the chest, such as skin, muscles, to other components in it, for example the lungs, heart, stomach, and so on. Pain that appears in the chest area after injury can result from disruption of one or more of these components.

In line with the above, asthma can also trigger pain. Asthma occurs when the lower airway becomes inflamed due to a hypersensitivity reaction. This condition causes the diameter of the airways to narrow and accumulate mucus, resulting in shortness of breath and additional breath sounds (wheezing). Asthma sufferers can experience inflammation around the lungs and pleura (membrane covering the lungs). This condition can possibly trigger chest pain, especially when breathing.

Apart from chest injuries and asthma, there are many other conditions that can trigger chest pain in children, for example:

GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease, reflux of stomach acid to the esophagus) Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach) Myalgia (muscle pain) Pneumonia (inflammation of the lung parenchyma) Bronchitis (inflammation of the bronchi, the airways leading to the lungs) Pneumothorax (buildup of air in the cavities between the lining of the lungs), and so on. If the complaint makes your child seem difficult to do activities, you should check it directly with a doctor or pediatrician. A direct physical examination, or coupled with a radiological examination, such as an X-ray or ultrasound can be done by doctors to identify whether the complaint is related to chest injury, asthma, or other causes.

To reduce complaints, you can help compress the sore chest using warm water. Tell your child to first limit excessive activities, for example running or rolling around. Get used to the child to always eat regularly and drink enough. Avoid things that often trigger a recurrence of your child's asthma attack, and also avoid activities that have the potential to cause injury to the chest area.

Hope it helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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