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Appendicitis

Children's Appendicitis: Questions We Parents Fret About (but May be too Afraid to Ask)

Breaking news: appendectomies are actually a very popular topic of conversation in the right circles. Of all the blogs on kids health I have ever posted, or stories I have ever recounted to fellow parents, this one was absolutely one of the most popular, and word traveled fast... After my son’s appendectomy, everyone from teachers at my son’s school to heads of companies (and not coincidentally, dads and moms) approached us to ask, “What exactly were the symptoms again? Will I be able to tell in time if my child has appendicitis? Would my child die if their appendix ruptured?”

I thought I would turn proverbial lemons into lemonade with our recent ER visit and write a small series of blogs on appendicitis, since our recent firsthand experience seems to have struck a chord with many parents. This time, the second blog, I wanted to take a few minutes to calm fears and dispel myths...

The “Eddy Test”… and Other Signs of Appendicitis in Children

It’s 6pm, after 33 hours of traveling home from Vietnam (yes, I counted, for good measure), and I step into the Austin Airport. I’ve been gone for 10 days, which feels like double any time I cross the international dateline from where my son lives. He’s seven now, and occasionally I try out the theory of “absence makes the heart grow fonder” for an exotic girls’ trip or for work, but when he reports via Skype that, “Mommy, I can’t find the fun in life without you,” I’m ready to go home. So when he’s not at the security exit, jumping up and down, I’m surprised. When neither he nor my husband is at baggage claim either, I am, admittedly, slightly disappointed — and slightly irritable.

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