So it’s important that you understand its symptoms — and how they differ from a run-of-the-mill stomachache- so you can get medical attention immediately if your child has them.
The initial signs of appendicitis usually are a moderate fever and pain around the bellybutton. The pain usually worsens and goes into the lower right side of the stomach.
Call your physician immediately if you suspect that your child has appendicitis. The sooner it is caught, the easier it’ll be to treat.
Appendicitis In Kids
The appendix is a tiny finger-like organ that’s connected to the large intestine at the lower right side of the abdomen. The interior of the appendix creates a cul-de-sac that normally opens to the large intestine.
Blockage can be because of hard rock-like feces (called a fecolith), inflammation of lymph nodes in the intestines, or even diseases like parasites.
If the infected appendix is not removed, it may burst and spread germs. The disease from a ruptured appendix is extremely severe — it may form an abscess (an illness of pus) or spread across the abdomen (this sort of disease is called peritonitis).
Appendicitis mostly affects children and adolescents between 10 and 20 years old, and is uncommon in babies. It’s among the most frequent causes of emergency abdominal surgery in children. Appendicitis isn’t contagious.
Significant abdominal pain, particularly around the bellybutton or at the lower right part of the stomach (possibly coming and going and then becoming sharp and consistent)