Abdominal Pain, Possible Early Appendicitis

Abdominal (belly) pain can be caused by many things. Your caregiver decides the seriousness of your pain by an exam and possibly blood tests and X-rays. Many cases can be observed and treated at home. Most abdominal pain in children is functional. This means it is not caused by a disease. It will probably improve without treatment.

At this time, your caregiver feels that the abdominal pain could possibly be caused by early appendicitis. This means that you will require follow-up. You may be allowed to go home but may need to return for re-examination and repeat lab work.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Do not take or give laxatives unless directed by your caregiver.

  • Take pain medication only if ordered by your caregiver.

  • Take no food or water by mouth unless instructed to do so by your caregiver.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • The pain does not go away or becomes much worse.

  • An oral temperature above 102° F (38.9° C) develops.

  • Repeated vomiting occurs.

  • Blood is being passed in stools (bright red or black tarry stools).

  • You develop blood in the urine or cannot pass your urine.

  • You develop severe pain in other parts of your body.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.