While adults are capable of self-assessing whether or not aches and pains are serious enough to go to the doctor over, children are less able to articulate the severity of their pain to us.
This means that when it comes to symptoms, parents should be on the look out for these serious signs of appendicitis, and never brush them off as “probably being fine”.
“Appendicitis occurs when the appendix, an appendage (extension) of the colon, becomes inflamed (swollen) and infected. In many cases, an obstruction (blockage) within the appendix causes the infection, resulting in bacterial overgrowth.” – Cleveland Clinic
“Appendicitis is a medical emergency that requires prompt surgery to remove the appendix.” – WebMD
Who is most likely to get appendicitis?
While you can get appendicitis at any age, “Appendicitis most often affects people between the ages of 10 and 19 years.” – Everyday Health
That’s why it’s so important for parents and guardians to be aware of the symptoms that could present in children who are experiencing appendicitis, especially since the majority of children experience different symptoms to adults!