The appendix is usually
situated in the right lower quarter of the
abdomen. The usual symptoms of acute
appendicitis include pain, often starting round
the umbilicus the "tummy-button")
and moving across to the child's right
side which will be tender to pressure. The pain
tends to be constant and it is often worse with
movement. The appetite will usually be reduced,
and there may be vomiting. The bowels will often
have stopped working about 12 hours previously.
There will usually be a slight temperature (
990F to 1010 F,
37.20C to 37.80C) and the
tongue may be slightly coated, rather than the
normal healthy pink colour.