Appendicitis in Children
By Downers Grove Pediatrics
July 18, 2013
Category: Pediatric Health

Truth is, anyone with an appendix can get appendicitis—even our children.  Appendicitis is a painful inflammation of the hollow finger-shaped organ attached to the end of the large intestine.  If left untreated, an inflamed appendix can rupture, leading to a lengthy hospital stay for complications including abdominal infection and bowel obstruction.  

When your child complains of stomach pain, consult your pediatrician in Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL for proper diagnosis and to ensure the health of your child. Since appendicitis is potentially life threatening, it is important to understand the symptoms so that you can spot appendicitis in your child. In order of appearance, the symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever

Unfortunately, symptoms of appendicitis might also be hidden by a viral or bacterial infection that preceded it.  Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and fever may appear before the typical pain of appendicitis, which makes the diagnosis much more difficult.

Your child’s discomfort might also disappear, which will persuade you that they are better.  However, this disappearance of pain could also meant hat the appendix has just broken open or ruptured. The pain might leave for several hours, but this is the moment when the appendicitis becomes dangerous, making it more important than ever to visit your Downers Grove or Bolingbrook, IL pediatrician for immediate care for your child.


When your pediatrician in Downers Grove or Bolingbrook, IL diagnoses your child with appendicitis surgery is usually needed as soon as possible.  Surgically removing the appendix is usually the treatment of choice, as it is important to eliminate the inflamed appendix before it bursts.  

While most children with abdominal pain do not have appendicitis, you can never be too safe when it comes to the health of your child.  Visit your Downers Grove Pediatrics for further diagnosis of this serious problem and to take the next steps toward a healthy child.