Glandular stomach means that the baby’s lymph nodes in the stomach swell up and hurt. Often it hurts at the bottom of the stomach, especially on the right side. It is common for the child to have had a cold before. The gland can sometimes be difficult to distinguish from appendicitis.
It is most common for children and adolescents to have a glandular stomach. The risk decreases the older the child becomes.
The child has the following symptoms in the gland:
- Stomach pain, usually in the lower right part of the stomach.
- Fever, often above 39 degrees. The fever often comes in connection with the child’s pain.
The child can also be tired than usual. Even though the baby has a stomach ache, they can still be hungry and want to eat.
The child usually falls ill in a few hours. But they may also have symptoms for a few days. The symptoms are then strong sometimes, and sometimes weak.
The symptoms of the gland and the symptoms of appendicitis can be very similar. The child may also have a stomach ache for other reasons.
When and where should I seek care?
If your child has any of the following symptoms of glandular stomach, immediately contact a health center or on-call reception.
- Stomach and fever.
- Stomach pain that is persistent and does not go over.
If closed, seek care at an emergency room.
Investigations and investigations
When you and the child meet with the doctor, you will be told about the child’s problems and when they started. Then the doctor examines the baby’s stomach, especially if it hurts the lower right part of the stomach.
The child may have blood tests and sometimes urine tests. It is to see if the child has an infection in the body.
Sometimes the child may need to be examined with ultrasound or with computed tomography.
Treatment of glands in the children
The gland goes off by itself and the child does not need any treatment. If the child is in pain, they may be given painkillers, such as medicines containing paracetamol or ibuprofen. The fever and pain usually subside after two to three days.
The child can stay in the hospital
It can sometimes be difficult for doctors to determine why the child has a stomach ache, as the symptoms of glandular and appendicitis are similar. Therefore, the child may remain in the hospital if the doctors are unsure of the diagnosis.
The child can be operated on if the doctors suspect appendicitis
Occasionally, doctors may choose to have the appendectomy removed if they suspect the child has appendicitis. The surgical surgeon may then discover that the child has a gland during surgery, and not appendicitis. The appendicitis is still operated away, to prevent the child from getting appendicitis in the future.
What Is Glandular Stomach?
In the gland, the lymph nodes in the stomach have been enlarged. The lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system.
In the glands, white blood cells and antibodies are formed that participate in the body’s defense against infections. When there is an infection in the body, the lymph nodes are often enlarged and sore. It is a natural reaction to the infection.
In the stomach, the glands in the middle of the stomach or down to the groin may become swollen. The glandular stomach is also called the glandular abdomen.
Affect and participate in care
In order to be involved in the care and treatment, it is important that you understand the information you receive from the healthcare staff. Ask questions if you don’t understand.
Children should also be involved in their care and receive information from care staff that is adapted to the child’s age.
You have the opportunity to get help from an interpreter. You also have the opportunity to get help from an interpreter if you have a hearing loss.