Most adults can tell whether something is seriously wrong or not. However when it comes to children, it’s nearly impossible to tell if your kid’s tummy hurts because of something serious or just something silly.
One possibility of stomach pain is appendicitis, which is a serious medical condition that needs immediate treatment.
Read the following to learn more about appendicitis symptoms in children, and if you think you or your child may be suffering from appendicitis, call your doctor!
What Is Appendicitis?
Appendicitis occurs when the appendix,becomes inflamed (swollen) and infected. In many cases, an obstruction (blockage) within the appendix causes the infection, resulting in bacterial overgrowth.
Blockage may also occur from infection, since the appendix swells in response to any infection in the body.
It is important to know the signs and symptoms appendicitis is most common in children and young adults.
What Are The Symptoms Of Appendicitis In Kids?
Roughly 80,000 children in the United States suffer from it every year. The condition can be hard to diagnose, especially when patients are too young to accurately describe their symptoms.
Here’s what to look out for.
#1: Loss Of Appetite
Appendicitis has a variety of symptoms, one symptom of appendicitis is a lack of appetite especially if your child is refusing food.
#2: Nausea And Vomiting
Nausea and/or vomiting are also typical symptoms of appendicitis which occurs soon after people start to experience abdominal pain.
#3: Low-Grade Fever
Many times, adults with appendicitis will experience a low-grade fever ranging from 99 to 102 °F.
#4: Dull Abdominal Pain
Sharp pain anywhere in the upper or lower abdomen, back, or rectum.”
#5: Inability To Pass Gas
Unable to pass gas, which can be quite uncomfortable.
#6: Abdominal Swelling
Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes inflamed, so people will often find that their abdomen swells up.
#7: Constipation Or Diarrhea
Symptoms of appendicitis appear, including constipation or diarrhea with gas.
What Are Some Less Common Symptoms Of Appendicitis?
In addition to the above symptoms, there are other less common signs and symptoms, including:
- severe cramps
- painful urination and difficulty passing urine
- bloody vomit or stool
- inability to stand up straight
- pain that worsens during sudden movement (coughing, sneezing, etc.)
- abdominal bloating
When Should You Seek Medical Help?
Because children often have tummy aches, it’s not necessarily a sign of something more serious.
Call your doctor even if you are uncertain as it’s much better to catch appendicitis early, especially if your child experiences more than one of the above symptoms.
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