How to recognize appendicitis in children

When it comes to pain, we often cannot rely on the words of small children, and that is why we bring you some guidelines on how to recognize appendicitis in children.

In most cases, children are very susceptible to the power of suggestion, so when asked if their head, stomach or back hurts, they will answer in the affirmative for everything, even though in fact only their stomach hurts.

This can be especially problematic if it is a stomach ache caused by appendicitis and that is why we are helping you to determine with certainty that this is it.

a crying boy

Inflammation of the intestine occurs when a small finger-sized organ known as the appendix attaches to the large small intestine, blocking and swelling. If the inflamed organ is not removed, it can rupture, which can cause many serious infections, sterility in female children and even death.

In cases of appendicitis, the most important thing is to take the child to the emergency room as soon as possible, but the problem arises that in most cases, parents do not recognize the usual stomach flu from an inflamed appendix that has just burst.

The classic symptoms of appendicitis begin with vague pain in the umbilical region, followed by nausea, and the pain usually moves to the lower right part of the abdomen.

This pattern is not difficult to follow, but only 20 percent of parents follow it, not taking into account that children find it difficult to determine the place of pain. It very often happens that parents take small children who do not know what and where they are in pain to the doctor only when the appendix has already ruptured or perforated.

What should you pay attention to if you are worried?

  • Swollen stomach.
  • Sensitive abdominal muscles, especially in the lower right part.
  • Pain in the lower right part of the abdomen to the touch.
  • The child sits still so that the pain does not get worse.
  • Take care of the child if he does not behave as usual and persistently complains of pain for several hours.

Other characters:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • High temperature
  • Strait
  • Frequent urination

If you really suspect that your child has appendicitis, call a doctor or ambulance, agree to take the following steps and avoid giving your child food, drink and pain medication until your doctor approves.

a girl in the hospital

The appendix often ruptures 24-72 hours after the inflammation and the most important thing is to act on time.

If the doctor suggests surgery, keep in mind that this procedure is very technologically advanced and in most cases is performed laparoscopically, which means that the incision is very small and the child usually recovers after 2-3 days spent in the hospital. No parent wants to watch their child while he is in pain or uncomfortable in any way, but appendicitis surgery is a minimally invasive treatment and recovery is easy in most cases.


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