Appendicitis


Suggested management at home

After being sent home from the Emergency Department, follow your doctor's instructions. Here are more ways to care for your child at home:

Watch your child closely to ensure he/she is improving
  • Allow your child to rest until they are feeling better or until their next doctor's visit
  • Ease your child's pain by entertaining them or helping them feel more comfortable
  • Monitor how your child feels and keep track of the symptoms discussed above
  • Schedule a follow-up visit as directed
Medicines
  • Avoid medicine for diarrhea and nausea
  • You may take pain medicines as directed by your doctor
Food
  • Feed your child foods low in fiber. Try foods like white rice, white breads, fruit juice without pulp, and tender meats
  • Avoid foods that are high in fiber like whole grains, raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and processed or tough meats
  • Avoid fried, fatty and spicy foods
Be sure to go back to the doctor if you notice any of the following symptoms:
  • Belly pain does not get better
  • Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting start or get worse
  • A new fever over 102 degrees Fahrenheit develops
  • Your child develops belly swelling
  • Your child can't pass stool for several days
  • Weakness, dizziness, or change in level of consciousness (child becomes unusually sleepy, confused or passes out)