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How Do I Know If My Baby Has Appendicitis
It's rare: Appendicitis is rare in babies, but when it occurs it can cause sustained high fevers, irritability or decreased activity, and vomiting/refusal to eat. Babies with appendicitis are quite ill, and seem much sicker than babies with more ordinary problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix which is a finger-shaped pouch that projects off of the colon. It causes right lower quadrant pain that radiates and becomes worse over time. Common symptoms are abdominal pain localizing to the right lower quadrant, nausea or vomiting, and loss of appetite. Appendicitis is treated with IV fluids + antibiotics and appendectomy (surgical removal of the appendix) either as an ...Read more
They usually don't: Appendicitis is extemely uncommon in babies. Appendicitis comes from plugging up or occlusion of the long, narrow, cylindrical appendix, allowing inflammation to build up. Babies have shorter, wider, conical appendices that may be harder to plug up. Appendicitis is most common in children (older than babies) and young adults. It is possible but uncommon at the extremes of age. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not if well treated: Appendicitis is the most common surgical problem in pregnancy. It should be treated early, with an operation to remove the appendix. This can be done laparoscopically since you are still early in pregnancy. While there is always a risk of birth defects with anesthesia in the early months of pregnancy the risk is very very small - much smaller than the risk of untreated appendicitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm wondering why are you in the hospital longer when you have appendicitis than when you have a baby?
I am also breastfeeding a 6 week old baby. Can you advise if this sounds like a stomach bug or possibly appendicitis?
Unable to tell: Your symptoms are not noted in the question. Please resubmit. ...Read more
I've heard of a medication for babies it's a natural medicine called bebe cal it actually calms your baby to sleep was just interested if any dr knows?
Not recommended: This medication has Diphenhydramine (benadryl), Chloral Hydrate (a strong sedative) and belladona (a poison)! none of these are recommended for parents to give to their babies! just because a medication is labeled as "natural" does not make it safe, especially for kids! many meds do not go through the fda and have never been tested on children. Do not use this without your doctor's advice. ...Read more
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