Appendicitis


What does appendicitis feel like?

What does appendicitis feel like?

If your child has appendicitis, the symptoms generally start as pain around the belly button. Nausea or vomiting may develop later on and the pain may get worse or move to the lower right side of the belly. These symptoms usually get worse over 1-2 days and your child may develop a fever.

Common symptoms of appendicitis are:

  • belly pain, especially on the lower right side or around the abdomen
  • nausea and vomiting
  • fussiness
  • loss of appetite
  • fever, usually after 1-2 days of pain
  • increased need to urinate or a burning sensation with urination
Children of different ages have different symptoms of appendicitis:
  • Newborn to first year of life: Belly swelling and vomiting are common. These infant also can be very fussy and inconsolable.
  • 1 year to 5 years: Belly pain, fever and vomiting are the most common findings
  • 6 years to 12 years: Belly pain and vomiting are almost always present. Fever, pain with walking, and loss of appetite are also found.
  • 12 years or older: Pain usually starts around the belly button and then moves to the right side over the course of 24 hours. The older child will not want to eat, may have vomiting and will complain of pain with walking.