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hard abdomen and pain

(25 Posts)
LoonieToony Wed 29-Jun-16 21:08:30

DD(10) can't sleep. She has a pain in her tummy - large circumference around belly button. Her tummy is hard and swollen too. It hurts her to wee - not in a stingy way, but inside.

I'm thinking urine infection - she's not constipated. I don't know what's best. Help!

lougle Wed 29-Jun-16 21:38:13

Does she have a temperature? Tbh, I wouldn't automatically think urine infection with a hard swollen abdomen, I'd be more concerned of another infection such as appendicitis, which does tend to start centrally in children, before moving downwards and to the right. Is she nauseous? Is her tummy tender to touch? How much pain is she in?

lougle Wed 29-Jun-16 21:39:30

The other thought is could she possibly be hormonal and experiencing the onset of monthly cycles?

LoonieToony Wed 29-Jun-16 21:41:27

I've thought of onset of periods - she has certainly started to change body shape and develop boobs.

The pain is around her belly button but there's no nausea.

LoonieToony Wed 29-Jun-16 21:42:22

Temp is normal too. 36.6 Celsius

Cel982 Wed 29-Jun-16 21:44:55

If her belly is hard and tender then she needs to be checked out urgently, as lougle said it could be appendicitis. Is she lying very still? With an inflamed appendix it'll hurt to move.

LoonieToony Wed 29-Jun-16 21:46:29

Temp is normal too. 36.6 Celsius

LoonieToony Wed 29-Jun-16 21:48:46

She's really pale sad

I've given her calpol - should I have? Will it mask appendicitis pain? What will happen if she goes to sleep and it's appendicitis? <worried>

BuntyBlue Wed 29-Jun-16 21:49:42

My first thought was appendix too. Does it hurt a lot to jump/hop?

LoonieToony Wed 29-Jun-16 21:50:30

I actually spilled some sticky calpol onto her night so I had to move her to help her change. She seemed OK moving though. I noticed her holding her breath and exhaling unnaturally though.

ScarlettDarling Wed 29-Jun-16 21:52:47

I think you need to ring 111 for proper advice.

BuntyBlue Wed 29-Jun-16 21:53:27

You're understandably very worried, give 111 a call, as I think you'll struggle to relax until you've at least spoken to someone.

lougle Wed 29-Jun-16 21:55:20

I think that at 10 years old she is old enough to tell you if it's just a bit of belly ache or if it really hurts. If it really hurts, her tummy is hard, she's pale and you're worried, I would get her examined in person by a medical professional. Call 111 and ask for an urgent care appointment with an out of hours doctor. They'll either direct you to an urgent care facility or an A&E department.

LoonieToony Wed 29-Jun-16 21:58:35

Calling my OOH now.

Thanks everyone.

ScarlettDarling Wed 29-Jun-16 22:17:06

Let us know how you get on.

LoonieToony Wed 29-Jun-16 22:24:17

Waiting for GP to call back now but.....DD has fallen asleep! Calpol could be kicking in I know. Should I be worried?! Surely if it was appendicitis, she wouldn't sleep through it?!

<mine field>

GlitteryFluff Wed 29-Jun-16 22:39:57

I'd have called 111 too. Hopefully gp can give you some reassurance/ideas of what it could be.

LoonieToony Wed 29-Jun-16 23:55:11

He called - lovely man, very reassuring. Told me the site of the pain could very well be Appendicitis but since she's dropped off to sleep, it's probably unlikely. If she wakes in pain then I'm not to hesitate to take her to A&E or call him again this evening or early hours. She seems restful but I'm camped out on her bedroom floor just in case.

I should be planning for work but I can't concentrate!

ScarlettDarling Thu 30-Jun-16 07:30:17

Hope you both had a good night and the tummy feels lots better this morning?

LoonieToony Thu 30-Jun-16 22:38:27

It wasn't better this morning so we were admitted to Paeds this morning. Long day and we're ying tonight because they want to scan her. Concerned less now about appendicitis and now lookijlookijng at why her glands are popping up.

HopeArden Thu 30-Jun-16 22:45:58

I think a hard swollen tummy is something you should take her to A&E for. She might have a blockage.

HopeArden Thu 30-Jun-16 22:46:30

Sorry OP. X posted. Hope all is well.

lougle Thu 30-Jun-16 22:46:34

I'm glad you're being looked after. I hope you get some sleep tonightsmile

LoonieToony Fri 01-Jul-16 04:06:43

No worries, Arden. We're here, DD sleeping but not restful. I cannot sleep at all despite all the little kiddies and their parents sleeping ever so soundly and quietly.

Bloody glad DH isn't the one staying since he snores like a train.

DD having scan in morning to totally rule out appendicitis. Bloods showed no inflammation but her glands are popping up on stalks and she's weeing an incredible volume. She was nil by mouth all day but wee 'd loads.

ScarlettDarling Fri 01-Jul-16 06:18:12

Ah no, poor lamb. Fingers crossed you get some results today flowers

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