Appendicitis: Signs and Symptoms

What are the signs and symptoms of appendicitis?

The symptoms of appendicitis can easily be confused with symptoms of the flu or other gastrointestinal problems. If left untreated, the appendix can burst and cause a very serious infection. Not all children will experience all the symptoms, so it's important to seek medical advice quickly if your child demonstrates any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pain around the belly button that may move to the lower right side of the abdomen
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Loose stools