What If It's Appendicitis?
Don't take a chance. If your child has extreme or unexplained belly pain, see your doctor immediately. Appendicitis is difficult to diagnose since kids don't develop the same telltale symptoms as adults do (fever, loss of appetite, right-sided belly pain). It's very uncommon in children: only one or two out of every 10,000 children younger than 4 gets it. All the same, your doctor may order blood and urine tests and maybe even a CT scan. If your child has appendicitis, you'll be happy you took these precautions -- when the appendix bursts, a deadly infection can develop.