9 Aug 2022 | 4 min Read
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Appendicitis is an infection or inflammation of the appendix, a pink, tube-like structure that’s a part of the large intestine. The inflammation is commonly caused by a small, hard piece of faeces that gets stuck in the tube of the appendix. If the appendix is inflamed, it has to be removed with an operation called an appendectomy.
If the swelling and infection are left untreated, the appendix might burst and get ruptured. A ruptured appendix can spread bacteria throughout your little one’s abdomen and can also cause a serious infection called peritonitis. Although appendicitis can affect anyone, it is more common in children. Read on to know more about its symptoms and treatment options.
Although the causes of appendicitis in a child are not always known, it is usually caused by a blockage at the opening of your child’s appendix. It also can be caused by:
Although the appendicitis symptoms might vary from child to child, some of the common symptoms are:
The doctor will ask about your child’s symptoms and medical history and recommend a physical exam. They might also order blood and urine tests to check for infection.
Sometimes, appendicitis in children can be treated with antibiotics alone. However, appendicitis is treated by removing your child’s appendix in most cases through surgery. It is performed in one of the two ways:
Sometimes, complications might occur after an appendectomy with more advanced cases of ruptured appendicitis and can include:
Most of the time, children recover quickly after surgery. There are no diet or lifestyle changes as such. The doctors might ask children to limit their physical activity for the first three to five days of recovery who had laparoscopic surgery.
However, children who had laparotomy surgery are advised to take rest for 10 to 14 days before engaging in any physical activity.
Although appendicitis can be difficult to recognize, it is advisable to consult a doctor right away if your child’s symptoms are different from their typical stomach virus as prevention is always better than cure.