Acute Appendicitis In Children

Is your child’s stomach ache just that or a sign of something more serious? Learn how to spot appendicitis symptoms in children and know when to seek medical treatment.


What Is the Appendix?

The appendix is a 4cm- to 10cm-long, finger-like structure arising from the caecum, which is the first part of the large intestine. The lining of the appendix contains cells which help fight infection. The appendix is normally found in the right lower part of the abdomen and may be removed without detrimental effect. 

What Causes Appendicitis in Children?

An infection of the appendix, appendicitis often happens when there is a blockage in the appendix, causing bacteria build-up and inflammation. Appendicitis in children occurs more frequently but adults can be affected too.

Common Symptoms of Acute Appendicitis in Children

The most common symptoms of appendicitis are: 
Abdominal pain that is initially central and later moves to the right lower part of the abdomen
Nausea with or without vomiting
Loss of appetite
Slight fever

If the infection in the appendix remains untreated, the appendix may perforate. This may lead to inflammation throughout the abdomen and blood infection, both of which may endanger the child's life. 

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Important note:
​This is general information and advice regarding your child's hospital stay and follow-up care. In specific cases, you may receive different/additional instructions from your doctor. You are advised to follow any instructions given to you by your doctor or nurse. Please seek clarification when in doubt. 

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