Matric past exam papers Matrics 2017!
Appendicitis
An inflammation of the appendix. 
Source

Appendicitis

An inflammation of the appendix.

Symptoms:

  • 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. 

Seriousness:

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.

Treatment:

  • 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.

Infection of the appendix causes inflammation, which results in pain, classically in the right lower part of the stomach. There is usually loss of appetite, nausea, sometimes vomiting and fever accompanying the pain. It is unusual in children below the age of two, and is most common in the teens and early twenties. 

What to do

The sooner appendicitis is diagnosed, the better. Offer a hot water bottle to relieve symptoms, while you get the child to the doctor. It’s best not to give painkillers so that the doctor gets an accurate idea of the problem.

For more detailed info on Common Childhood Conditions, go to Health24.

Read Parent24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
NEXT ON PARENT24X

Be swim safe

2009-10-19 13:10
 
 
 
 
Directories

Everything from parties to pre-schools in your area.