Symptoms of Appendicitis in Children

Anyone can have appendicitis including children. The most frequent occurrence is in children between 4 and 15 years of age.


Appendicitis occurs when the appendix gets inflamed, this is most often caused when the hard fecaliths clog the opening of the appendix. Blockage can also occur when the appendix wall is swollen.

When the appendix is ​​blocked, the bacteria can grow in it and cause infections and inflammation. Appendicitis if left untreated it can break, and remove the contents inside which contains many bacteria and even pus that spread to the abdominal cavity. 

It can spread the infection in the abdomen and cause serious life-threatening problems. That is  why early treatment of appendicitis is really important.

Symptoms of Childhood Appendicitis

It is important for parents and anyone to know the symptoms of appendicitis in children in order to immediately seek the right medical help.

In children aged 2 years and under, the most common features of appendicitis are lower abdominal pain, vomiting and flatulence.

In older children, early symptoms may include abdominal pain near the navel. Over time, the pain moves into the lower right abdomen.

In most cases, the pain does not get better even though if the child continues to rest. Body movements usually make the pain worse.

In addition to the above main symptoms, appendicitis in children is accompanied also by the following symptoms:
  • Abdominal pain
  •  Not willing to eat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Light fever Swelling or flatulence If the appendix is ​​ruptured, the child may experience a high fever due to a spread of infection.

Consult your doctor if you have a stomachache that is slowly getting worse. Immediately call an ambulance if your stomach ache gets worse suddenly and spreads throughout the abdomen. This indicates the possibility of an appendectomy that may trigger peritonitis (a serious infection of the inner lining).

In the meantime, do not give anything to the child to eat or drink, including pain relievers, except at the doctor's advice.

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