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Anyone with experience of appendicitis in a 4/5yo?

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mawbroon Mon 29-Dec-14 23:08:06

DS2 is almost 5yo. He was sick a couple of weeks ago, as was I, but it was just a one off which I put down to a stomach bug which had been doing the rounds.

But, on Christmas day, he said he was feeling sick. I just put it down to too many sweeties and all the excitement. He didn't actually vomit but the next day he was right off his food and again complaining of feeling sick. He retched several times over the next couple of days and was just a bit off colour. He ate and drank, but not very much.

He seemed to have perked up but is complaining of a sore tummy every time he eats. He points to his belly button when I ask where it is sore. He hasn't pooed much, but then he hasn't eaten much. His poo has never been great, but it has been a bit soft.

He has been complaining of being tired and sometimes "feeling shoogly" (shaking). Again he has not eaten much today and is still complaining of sore tummy. No temperature though.

He seems happy enough, but it's gone on for almost 5 days now. I will take him to the doc tomorrow if I can get an appointment.

Appendicitis springs to mind, but maybe I am worrying over nothing. Anybody experienced this with a child this age?

Christmasbargainshopper Mon 29-Dec-14 23:14:36

Not this age, but mine grumbled repeatedly before it was eventually removed. Everyone was determined it was just trapped wind!

Hopefully the gp can clarify.

Happypiglet Mon 29-Dec-14 23:22:41

My DS1 had acute appendicitis when he was 8 (I also had it as a teenager). In both cases it started as sickness and central tummy pain. However over 12 hours it moved pain wise to right hand side and quickly got unbearable. We both had ops within a few hours of this 'just in time' in both cases.
Your ds doesn't sound like acute appendicitis...could it be a grumbly appendix? Best to go to GP tomorrow....
BTW classic test is to press tummy on right hand side at level of hip bone. It should hurt however if it hurts more when you let go it is likely to be appendicitis.

mawbroon Tue 30-Dec-14 10:35:43

Oh well. Standard doc answer of 'it's a virus'. Hope he is right!

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