If you suspect that your child has appendicitis, call your physician immediately and do not give your child any pain medication or anything to eat or drink unless educated by the physician.
Since the symptoms of appendicitis can be so like those of other health conditions (such as kidney stones, pneumonia, or possibly a urinary tract infection), it is often a challenge for physicians to diagnose it.
To confirm or rule out appendicitis, a physician will examine the abdomen for signs of tenderness and pain, and order blood and urine tests. If the physician suspects appendicitis, you might be advised to stop giving your child any food or fluids so as to get ready for surgery.
Appendicitis is treated by removing the inflamed appendix via an appendectomy. Surgeons usually either create a conventional incision in the abdomen or use a tiny surgical apparatus (a laparoscope) which creates a smaller gap. An appendectomy usually requires a two- to 3-day hospital stay.
Before and after surgery, intravenous (IV) fluids and antibiotics can help prevent complications and reduce the risk for wound infections after surgery. If necessary, your child will get pain medication.
An infected appendix that pops also will be removed surgically but may require a longer hospital stay to permit antibiotics to kill any bacteria that have spread within the body.