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Is it normal for 8 year old to feel heartbeat when running

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PJ67 Sat 27-Jun-15 15:37:21

My ds plays football and has mentioned that when he is running fast he can feel his heart beating. Is this normal?

MegMogandOwlToo Sat 27-Jun-15 15:38:11

Normal in adults, so I can't see why not?

ouryve Sat 27-Jun-15 15:38:44


PJ67 Sat 27-Jun-15 22:37:21

Thanks. I was just panicking a birthday he was having an abnormal heartbeat. I don't do enough exercise to test it out for myself!

PJ67 Sat 27-Jun-15 22:38:03

A bit, not a birthday!!

PJ67 Mon 29-Jun-15 19:32:07

Still anxious about this. When he's active and I put my hand on his chest I feel his heart beating quite hard. Has anyone else noticed this in their dc's? Thanks

gamerchick Mon 29-Jun-15 19:34:54

Everybody's heart beats hard during activity. Run up and down the stairs a few times then put your hands on your chest.

songbird Mon 29-Jun-15 19:36:26

Yep normal

FieldTrip Mon 29-Jun-15 19:36:30

Yes. I don't know what else to say. That's what's supposed to happen when you exercise hard and children don't usually know how to pace themselves very well, so when they run, they run all out.

It would be far more worrying if he didn't feel his heart beat.

MumOfTheMoment Mon 29-Jun-15 19:37:24

My dc are always getting me to put my hand on their chests to feel their heart thump when they have been running about. It is petfectly normal.

Understandable that you are concerned though flowers

AnyFucker Mon 29-Jun-15 19:43:16

of course it is

do you have health anxiety, love ?

Etsyqueen Mon 29-Jun-15 19:43:49

Its sounds like you're talking about something outside of the norm here, and people perhaps aren't just getting it. I advise taking him to the GP to have it checked to put your mind at rest. DS recently complained of 'hearing his heart beat' and his 'pulse', it turns out it wasn't the ordinary beating sound you hear when running, he was having a severe anxiety attack, I'm not saying this is whats happening to your ds, but anything out of the ordinary to do with heart beats etc, get it checked by a professional who can actually SEE and CHECK the child. Good luck!

AChickenCalledKorma Mon 29-Jun-15 19:54:17

This was part of my kids' curriculum when they were about 5 years old. In PE, they got them all to run really fast and then notice how their heart beat faster and harder.

Rather than immediately thinking the worst, get him to have a look at this After that, if he thinks his heart is doing something abnormal, by all means get it checked out.

Northernlurker Mon 29-Jun-15 19:59:52

Children's hearts beat faster than adults anyway don't they? Also on most 9 yr olds there's not that much around the rib cage in terms of fat and muscle so I think you can feel it more. I've always been able to feel my dds' heartbeats when they were little. If you are worried though talk to your GP and possibly to the football club because whilst this sounds perfectly normal, every year there are teens with undiagnosed heart problems who run in to trouble in sporting activity. It's no bad thing for kids and teens to know what's 'normal' and what's not 'normal' if they're going to do a lot of sport.

PJ67 Mon 29-Jun-15 22:18:25

Thanks for all the replies. I do have a bit of health anxiety so tend to get carried away with myself. Took ds to GP today and all sounded ok but she heard one ectopic beat but said that is quite normal. I remember last year my 5 yr old stopped running and felt his heart which was going really fast but was back to normal when we went to GPso I think this has been on my mind as well.

Northernlurker Mon 29-Jun-15 22:43:17

Very sensible of you OP and yes I've heard that too about the odd ectopic beat in children.

Letitsnow9 Fri 03-Jul-15 22:05:32

There is a great charity (think it's cry) that do free ecgs on children to rule out heart problems in healthy see,I got kids

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