An inflammation of the appendix. 


An inflammation of the appendix.


  • A dull pain in the lower abdomen that is made worse by slight pressure, deep breathing or movement.
  • Nausea and sometimes vomiting.
  • Fever
  • Constipation or diarrhoea.
  • A child with appendicitis often lies still. 


If the pain is severe or continues for more than three hours, go to the doctor or hospital immediately as a burst appendix is very serious.


  • Don't give your child a painkiller because it makes diagnoses difficult.
  • Don't let her eat or drink anything in case she needs an operation. 
  • If appendicitis is diagnosed, your child will be admitted to hospital to have the appendix removed immediately.

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