- Pain in the abdomen, first around the belly button, then moving to the right lower area
Early appendicitis symptoms
in children are less common. Infants and young children are usually more difficult to diagnose with appendicitis
because they cannot communicate their symptoms with their parents or doctors. Without a clear explanation of symptoms, doctors must rely on a physical exam and less specific symptoms, such as vomiting and fatigue. While toddlers with appendicitis may have trouble eating and may seem unusually sleepy, children with appendicitis may have constipation
or small stools that contain mucus.
Although appendicitis symptoms vary widely among children, parents should contact a doctor immediately if they think that their child has appendicitis. (Click Appendicitis in Children for more information.)