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How to Handle Infantile Appendicitis

He best way to handle infantile appendicitis is to remove it unnecessarily when the child is still young to avoid a future catastrophe that could result from having this completely useless extension of colon.

Children, just like adults, suffer appendicitis related complications. These are usually abdominal conditions that require immediate surgery in children over the age of 5. Although it is generally rare before the age of 5, it does occur with devastating consequences if not well handled in good time because an inflamed appendicitis which bursts on its own is potentially fatal. Once it has burst on its own, then it causes generalized internal infection and could even  leads to death.

Childhood appendicitis is usually not very easy to diagnose but some of the common signs are stomach ache characterized by prolonged pain that moves to the middle of the stomach around the navel. Over the next 6-12 hours, the pain moves to the lower right side of the abdomen which becomes very sore if pressed or when the child moves.

There also develops high fever with temperatures and could lead to vomiting. The child with appendicitis will usually be more comfortable lying with her knees bent and any pressures on the lower right abdomen generates pain.  Any such signs must be immediately reported to a family Doctor with out any further delays.

The best way to handle infantile appendicitis is to remove it unnecessarily when the child is still young to avoid a future catastrophe that could result from having this completely useless extension of colon.

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  1. I didn’t know this affected children as well. Good information Gaby.

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