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The appendix is a tube-like structure attached to the first part of the colon that can become infected. Learn what signs and symptoms to look for with appendicitis and how a doctor will help your child if they have appendicitis.

Key points

  • Appendicitis is caused by an infected or blocked appendix.
  • Symptoms usually include abdominal pain around the navel or the lower right-hand side of the abdomen.
  • If appendicitis is not treated promptly, the appendix may burst.
  • You should take your child to the doctor if you suspect appendicitis.
  • If the diagnosis is confirmed, your child will probably need surgery to remove the appendix.
Last updated: January 23rd 2024