What is it?
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.

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