What's Up Doc - Child Stomach Pains

‘What’s Up Doc’ is a health column in association with The Crawley Observer, which gives you the opportunity to ask questions regarding general health and wellbeing.

Answers are provided weekly from our specialist consultants at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, Surrey. If it’s a long-standing illness or simply a worry which you would like to get off your mind then we would like to help.

This question appeared in The Crawley Observer on Wednesday, to readers across Surrey and Sussex. The question and answer is below, as it appeared in the newspaper. If you have a question you'd like featured please email it to whatsupdoc@spirehealthcare.com

Read the response by Dr Michael Hii, consultant paediatric gastroenterologist:

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Dear Doc, my 10 year old daughter has been suffering with lower right hand side abdominal pain for a few days now, she is in severe pain and had vomiting all day yesterday and has no appetite. Can you help me? I am a single mother and coping alone, is there a diagnosis for this? What can be done to help her? Thanks. Shanice, Horley.

Dr Hii's response:

Dear Shanice, thank you very much for your question.

Generalised abdominal pain where the pain is localised to central abdomen is common. The right sided abdominal pain is however less common. Appendicitis is one of the causes. The pain is normally started in the central abdomen and later migrated to the right side. It is usually associated with fever, vomiting. The treatment is appendectomy. Other potential rare cause is Crohn's disease. The patient is usually unwell, may experience weight loss and lack of appetite. Mesenteric adenitis, where there is swelling of the lymph nodes in the abdomen can also be the cause of right sided abdominal pain. If you would like to bring your son for an initial consultation at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital then please do not hesitate to call 01293 778 906 and the team with assist you further. 

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Dr Michael Hii consultant paediatric gastroenterologist offers appointments at Spire Gatwick Park on Saturdays. To book an appointment call 01293 778 906 or email  info@spiregatwick.com.

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