Pediatric Appendicitis

Pediatric appendicitis is among the most common emergencies for children, and it can be scary for your whole family. Trust the expert team at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital to treat your child quickly.

What Is Pediatric Appendicitis?

The appendix is a small, tube-shaped organ in the lower right side of your child’s belly. An infected appendix can cause appendicitis. Appendicitis might seem like a stomachache at first. Common symptoms include: 

  • Strong pain that becomes steady and intense, mainly around the belly button (navel) or lower right part of the abdomen
  • Swollen belly 
  • Low-grade fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea (feeling queasy) and vomiting (throwing up)
  • Diarrhea (especially small amounts, with mucus)

Does My Child Need A Pediatric Appendectomy?

An infected appendix needs to be treated as soon as possible to reduce the chance it will burst into the abdomen, causing a dangerous infection in your child’s body. If you think your child has appendicitis, go to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital emergency room, where our team can immediately evaluate your child. 

How We Care for Pediatric Appendicitis

If your child has appendicitis, a surgeon most commonly removes the infected organ, a procedure called pediatric appendectomy. In some circumstances, we can treat appendicitis using only antibiotics (nonoperative treatment of appendicitis). We offer:

  • Dedicated specialists: As a full-service, free-standing children’s hospital, we specialize in the unique needs of children. Our surgeons have extensive experience performing pediatric appendectomies. 
  • Advanced technology: Sometimes we use a traditional, “open” approach for appendectomy. But often, we can use minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopy. Using this technique, the doctor operates through one or more tiny incisions while viewing an enlarged image of the internal organs on a monitor. 
  • Less downtime: Smaller incisions require fewer stitches, which can help your child recover more easily and comfortably than with traditional surgery. In many cases, our surgeon can remove the appendix on an outpatient basis, so your child generally can go home the same day if there are no complications. 

Pediatric Emergency Room Locations

Our Emergency Departments can evaluate and treat appendicitis.

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Emergency Room
3501 Johnson Street
Hollywood, FL 33021
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Other pediatric emergency rooms:

Memorial Hospital West
703 North Flamingo Road
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
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Memorial Hospital Miramar
1901 Southwest 172 Avenue
Miramar, FL 33029
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Contact Us

To schedule an appointment at any location, call 954-265-0072.

 

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