Has your child ever had appendicitis?

Appendicitis can be a very serious, life-threatening illness in kids, and it’s more common than you might think. Appendicitis is most common in kids aged 11 – 20, and most often occurs between the months of October and May. If left untreated, the child’s appendix may burst and spread bacteria and infection throughout the abdomen and lead to serious health problems or even death. How can we determine whether or not our child’s tummy ache is just something she ate, or something more serious like appendicitis? Here are some symptoms of appendicitis in children:significant abdominal pain around the belly button or lower right abdomenlow-grade feverloss of appetitenausea and vomitingdiarrhea (especially in small amounts with mucus)frequent urination and frequent urge to urinateswollen or bloated abdomenHave any of you had a child with appendicitis? What were his/her symptoms? How did you know it was something more than a simple tummy ache? What was the outcome?

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