An Illness Even M.D.s Can Miss: Appendicitis in Children

Could It Be Appendicitis?

If your child has these symptoms, ask your doctor whether an ultrasound or a CT scan is in order:

  • Loss of appetite, with or without vomiting or diarrhea
  • Persistent, unexplained belly pain in the lower right side that lasts more than 24 hours
  • Inability to cough, jump, or go over bumps in the car without pain
  • Difficulty walking and/or staying upright
  • "Rebound pain," so called because when you push gently on your child's belly it hurts more when you let go than when you pressed down

Originally published in the September 2011 issue of Parents magazine.

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