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Truth is, anyone with an appendix can get appendicitis—even our children. Appendicitis is a painful inflammation of the hollow, finger-shaped organ attached to the end of the large intestine. If left untreated, an inflamed appendix can rupture, leading to a lengthy hospital stay for complications including abdominal infection and bowel obstruction.
When your child complains of stomach pain, consult your pediatrician for proper diagnosis and to ensure the health of your child. Since appendicitis is potentially life-threatening, it is important to understand the symptoms so that you can spot appendicitis in your child. In order of appearance, the symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
Unfortunately, symptoms of appendicitis might also be hidden by a viral or bacterial infection that preceded it. Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and fever may appear before the typical pain of appendicitis, which makes the diagnosis much more difficult.
Your child’s discomfort might also disappear, which will persuade you that they are better. However, this disappearance of pain could also mean that the appendix has just broken open or ruptured. The pain might leave for several hours, but this is the moment when appendicitis becomes dangerous, making it more important than ever to visit your pediatrician for immediate care for your child.
When your pediatrician diagnoses your child with appendicitis, surgery is usually needed as soon as possible. Surgically removing the appendix is usually the treatment of choice, as it is important to eliminate the inflamed appendix before it bursts.
While most children with abdominal pain do not have appendicitis, you can never be too safe when it comes to the health of your child. Visit your pediatrician for further diagnosis of this serious problem and to take the next steps toward a healthy child.
Find out when to bring your little one in for immediate care and what to expect.
Nothing is worse than dealing with a sick child. Of course, sometimes it’s hard to tell whether you should wait it out, bring your child in to 3see a pediatrician or whether their symptoms warrant a trip to the ER. To better understand what immediate care we offer here in Oak Lawn, IL, read through our list of frequently asked questions.
What urgent pediatric care is offered by your Oak Lawn, IL, clinic?
As long as your child’s symptoms are not severe or life threatening our clinic will be able to treat a wide range of non-serious but still urgent injuries and illnesses such as:
- Cold and flu
- Ear infections
- Stomach problems
- Sore throat and/or strep throat
- Upper respiratory infection
- Viral or bacterial infections
- Sports-related injuries
We can perform blood tests, urinalysis, and imaging tests such as X-rays to make a definitive diagnosis. Often times, we can figure out what’s going on and how to treat it just by examining your child and asking questions about the symptoms they are experiencing. For life-threatening or serious health issues we highly advise that you call 911 or go to your closest emergency room.
What are your office hours?
Pediatrics on Demand is open seven days a week from 8AM until midnight, which ensures that our patients get the care they need no matter the time. After all, we understand that symptoms often appear at night or first thing in the morning, and it’s comforting to know that you can see a pediatrician immediately, even late at night.
How do I get an appointment for my child?
You can call our office at (708) 424-0900 to schedule an appointment, or you can easily book a sick visit appointment online (often for the same day); however, we also welcome walk-ins, so you don’t have to schedule an appointment ahead of time in order to be seen by one of our Oak Lawn, IL, children’s doctors. You can also check our website to get updates on the current wait time for walk-ins.
If in doubt, don’t hesitate to call Pediatrics on Demand in Oak Lawn, IL. We would be happy to talk with you over the phone about your child’s symptoms to make sure that they get the proper medical attention they need. Call us today for any questions on immediate care.
Understanding Mono: The “Kissing Disease”
Often called the kissing disease, mononucleosis (mono) is a caused by a virus that is transmitted through saliva. You can get this infection through kissing, but you can also be exposed through a cough or sneeze, or even by sharing a glass or food utensils with someone who has mono. However, mono is not as contagious as some infections, such as the common cold.
As an adolescent or young adult, your child is most likely to get mono with all the signs and symptoms. If your child has mono, it is important to be careful of certain complications such as an enlarged spleen. Your pediatrician urges you to allow your child proper rest and adequate fluids for a full recovery.
Some of the signs and symptoms of mononucleosis may include:
- General feeling of being unwell
- Sore throat that doesn’t get better with antibiotic use
- Swollen lymph nodes in neck and armpits
- Swollen tonsils
- Skin rash
- Soft, swollen spleen
If your child is experience any of these symptoms, it is important to visit your pediatrician.
Since mononucleosis is spread through saliva, if your child is infected your pediatrician urges you to take extra precautions. To help prevent the spread of the virus, it is important to not kiss your child and not to share food, dishes, glasses and utensils until several days after his or her fever has subsided and even longer, if possible.
Contact your pediatrician for more information on mono and how you can help your child make a full recovery.