Heart and Blood Conditions
Pericarditis often gets better on its own after a few days or weeks. After checking your child’s condition, your doctor may suggest that your child get extra rest and take an over-the-counter medicine to help relieve their pain and inflammation.
In more painful or severe cases, your doctor may prescribe stronger medicines for inflammation.
If a bacterial infection is the cause, the doctor may recommend medicine (antibiotics).
When pericarditis causes problems with the heart’s ability to pump blood, other treatments may be needed. If the amount of fluid is large, it may need to be drained.
Contact the Heart Center at 206-987-2015 for a cardiac referral, a second opinion or more information.