Appendicitis: How to Tell if Your Child has It

by Dr. Kilcup | Jun 14, 2011 | Articles, Digestive Health, Healthy Living

Imagine one of your kids is sick with a fever, tummy ache, and vomiting.  Would you know if he had appendicitis?  Could you recognize appendicitis symptoms? Would you know whether you should take him to the hospital?  If you aren’t sure, watch this video and you will be much more confident.  Knowing how to tell whether or not your child has an appendix issue can be something anyone can become comfortable with.

In this video I explain:

My eleven-year-old son came down with what we thought was food poisoning.  However, thanks to my training as a chiropractor and the grace of God, I knew how to diagnosis appendicitis at home and was able to get him to the hospital before he was in any grave danger.  Many people have asked me how to know whether a person has a problem with their appendix.  It became obvious that there was a real need to educate people, especially parents, about how to recognize when the appendix is infected.

As we went through this experience, I was surprised at how much my perspective as a chiropractor was important.  I was able to improve my son’s care several times as I questioned the doctors.  It is beyond the scope of this article to teach you everything I know about lab tests, drugs, diet, examination and diagnostic imaging related to appendicitis.  I have included what I think are the most helpful things to know when a loved one is sick, and you are trying to determine whether you should take them to the hospital.  If you are one of my patients, feel free to contact me if you have questions about a loved one.

Appendicitis in children is a scary thing, but knowing its signs and symptoms, and having an idea about when it’s time to go to the hospital, can make it a little less intimidating.

Darrell Kilcup, DC, CFMP

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