Preparing for your appointment

If your child has signs and symptoms common to mesenteric lymphadenitis, make an appointment with your family doctor or a pediatrician. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.

What you can do

Make a list of the following:

  • Your child's symptoms, including nonabdominal symptoms. Include details about when you first noticed these symptoms and how they may have changed or worsened over time. If possible, take your child's temperature several times before your appointment and record the results.
  • Your child's key medical information, including any other health conditions and the names of all medications, vitamins and supplements your child is taking. Also bring a record of your child's recent vaccinations. If your child has been seen for similar signs and symptoms in the past, bring those medical records, if possible.
  • Key personal information, including any recent changes or stressors in your child's life.
  • Questions to ask your doctor. Creating a list of questions in advance can help you make the most of your time with your doctor.

For possible mesenteric lymphadenitis, some questions you might want to ask include:

  • What's the likely cause of my child's condition? Are there any other possible causes?
  • What tests does my child need?
  • Is my child at risk of complications from this condition?
  • Does my child need treatment? If this is due to an infection, should my child take antibiotics?
  • What can I do to help make my child more comfortable? What foods should my child avoid?
  • What signs or symptoms should prompt me to call you while my child is recovering?
  • Is my child contagious?
  • When can my child return to school?

What to expect from your doctor

Some questions the doctor may ask include:

  • When did symptoms begin?
  • Where is the pain located?
  • Has the pain moved from one part of your child's abdomen to another part?
  • How severe is the pain? Does your child cry with pain?
  • What makes the pain more severe?
  • What helps relieve the pain?
  • Do your child's symptoms include nausea? Vomiting?
  • What other signs and symptoms does your child have?
  • Has your child had similar problems before? Did you seek medical care for him or her? If so, do you have medical records of that visit?
  • Do any other children in your family or at school or child care have similar but milder symptoms that you know of?
  • Has your child been diagnosed with any other medical conditions?
  • What medications is your child taking?