When should I call the doctor after my child's appendectomy?

After your child's appendectomy, call your doctor if:
  • Your child has a fever above 101 degrees F that does not come down with Tylenol.
  • Your child starts vomiting.
  • Your child starts having pain in the belly.
  • Your child's belly swells or becomes bloated and she cannot go to the bathroom.
  • There is any redness, swelling, or increasing tenderness around the wound.
  • There is drainage from the wound.

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