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How do I know if my baby has appendicitis?

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 more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Appendicitis (Definition)

The inflammation of the appendix which can cause right lower quadrant pain that radiates and ...Read more


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Why do babies get appendicitis?

Why do babies get appendicitis?

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 more

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What are the symptoms of appendicitis in babies?

What are the symptoms of appendicitis in babies?

Unlikely: Appendicitis would be very unusual in an infant, but anything is possible. If your baby has belly pain, swelling, poor feeding, fever and/or vomiting, they need to be examined right away. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a child go with appendicitis?

Appendicitis: True appendicitis is a progressive infection that usually becomes worse over 12-24 hours or more and associated with worsening right lower abdominal pains, fevers, vomiting, not wanting to eat, etc. Not treated, can lead to serious internal infection and even death. ...Read more

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I have appendicitis I am 5 week pregnant will it affect my baby?

I have appendicitis I am 5 week pregnant will it affect my baby?

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 more

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I'm wondering why are you in the hospital longer when you have appendicitis than when you have a baby?

I'm wondering why are you in the hospital longer when you have appendicitis than when you have a baby?

Depends: Depends on how serious the infection was from the appendicitis and how long intravenous antibiotics are needed. With laparoscopic appendix surgery, many can go home same or next day. Open surgery or more extensive infection would cause a longer hospital stay. ...Read more

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How to tell if a child has appendicitis or just a bad tummy ache?

How to tell if a child has appendicitis or just a bad tummy ache?

E.R. Trip: This is something that needs to be assessed by a physician, likely in the emergency department. Appendicitis will tend to present with abdominal pain, fever, nausea/vomiting. However, abdominal pain can be so many different things, it's best for a doctor to evaluate the child. ...Read more

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How would you know if your child has the stomach flu or appendicitis?

Sxs: Appendicitis pain can start with mild pain around the belly button. The pain worsens over time. It can become sharp with loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting & possibly a fever. The pain usually moves toward the right lower quadrant of abdomen. Bouncing or jolting will often make the pain worse. Appendicitis can have varying presentations. Go to er for severe abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Are there any key differences between appendicitis and a stomach pain in a child?

Yes: Pain from appendicitis can be initially central or periumbilical. The it moves down to the right lower quadrant. It can be associated with nausea and vomiting that fails to improve after 24 hours like most flus. In children there be loss of appetite. In small children who are walking and then refuse to walk and want to be carried, beware and think of appendicitis. ...Read more

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How long can a child go with appendicitis before he collapses from sepsis?

How long can a child go with appendicitis before he collapses from sepsis?

Variable: There are many different ways in which this can progress. If it forms a periappendiceal abscess, this could actually drain externally through fistula formation. But why would anyone allow a child with appendicitis to go untreated for a correctable condition? ...Read more

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How can you tell when a 4 year old child has the stomach flu or the dreaded appendicitis?

How can you tell when a 4 year old child has the stomach flu or the dreaded appendicitis?

You cannot: If you suspect that a 4 yr old may have appendicitis they should be examined by a doctor. If they are having abdominal pain, the abdomen is tender, they are vomiting, cannot lie still, then these are suggestive symptoms that an exam would be beneficial. ...Read more

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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?

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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What is appendicitis?

What is appendicitis?

Inflamed appendix: Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. It usually occurs when there is a blockage in the opening of the appendix, usually by feces. This leads to an overgrowth of the bacteria within the appendix. ...Read more

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Who treats appendicitis?

General Surgeons: Appendectomy is the "bread-and-butter" surgery of general surgeons (available 24-7). ...Read more

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Symptoms of appendicitis.

Symptoms of appendicitis.

Ok: Pain from appendicitis can be midline, rlq, llq or back, or pelvic depending on the location intra abdominal. Or retroperitoneal. May start central and gradually move to rlq. Anorexia, nausea and sometimes vomiting. ...Read more

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What causes appendicitis?

What causes appendicitis?

Appendicitis. ..: Comes from obstruction of the lumen of the appendix which causes inflammation to build up. If it is not recognized early on and appropriately treated, the appendix can rupture, spreading infection elsewhere in the abdomen and causing severe illness. ...Read more

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Symtoms of an appendicitis?

Rt lower pain: The pain starts around the belly button and then settles in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen along with loss of appetite. Mild fever. ...Read more

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Tell me about appendicitis?

Tell me about appendicitis?

Acute inflammation: The appendix is connected to the large intestine - appendicitis is when the appendix opening is blocked, causing increased pressure and then pain, usually as mid-abdominal pain. As the wall of the appendix stretches and the blood flow decreases, bacterial infection and inflammation causes irritation and the pain localizes to the area around the appendix. The risk is rupture, causing peritonitis. ...Read more