The appendix is the small organ that is attached to the large intestine and in the inside of the appendix is a sac that has an opening. If the opening gets blocked, the appendix expands abnormally and gets infected by bacteria. If the infection is not removed immediately, it may burst and spread bacteria throughout the abdomen, leading to serious health problems.
Appendicitis is seen in children between the ages of 10 and 20, and this is very rare in infants. Male children are at higher risk, and a family history of appendicitis is also one of the reasons for the disease. Most of the cases of appendicitis is seen between the months of October and may.
Here are the symptoms of appendicitis.
- Loss of appetite
- Vomiting and nausea
- Swollen abdomen, particularly in infants
- Patients have the strong urge to urinate, or sometimes frequent urination.
- Severe pain around the belly button
- Low fever
There are no prevention methods available for appendicitis. But, with proper antibiotics and diagnosis, the appendicitis can be identified and treated properly. If the appendicitis is left untreated, it may burst within 24 to 72 hours and spread across abdomen leading to severe stomach pain and high fever to the children.
The symptoms may vary with the age of the child. For 2 year old kid, the symptoms can be swollen stomach and vomiting with pain in the abdomen. If you suspect appendicitis in your child with any of the above symptoms, better consult the doctor immediately to stop any adverse health conditions.