My daughter has had a swollen lymph node for 8 months, I believe it originally showed up when she was unwell and has never gone away.
Finally got the doctors to refer her to a pediatrician with an appointment in December (feel like I've been forever for this appointment) but it's been cancelled as my doctor referred her to ped surgern instead of just a Ped. I've called to sort it out but as it's Friday no one wants to sort it and have been told they will get back to me Monday.
I feel sick thinking it's something serious, has anyone else's child had a swollen lymph node (behind the ear) for ages and it been innocent? She's fine in herself.
It's worth checking out when it's been there over 6 months, but incredibly unusual to find anything worrying.
Common causes include recurrent viral illnesses (overwhelming majority, especially in toddlers), some particular viral illnesses (glandular fever, CMV etc), inflamed tonsils/adenoids, glue ear, eczema, nits...the scary stuff that your mind leaps to is very rare, and doesn't usually just show up like this. Yes, get the appointment sorted, but try not to lose too much sleep.
Both my kids have numerous and so do I. My son's is about grape sized and I can see it in his neck when he turns his head. He got it scanned in the end and it wasn't even classed as swollen. Pea sized in the neck is not classed as swollen; it's normal to be able to feel some lymph nodes
You are right to get it checked. It is overwhelmingly likely to be nothing serious but it shouldn’t be overlooked. Is it mobile? - Can you blip/ wobble it from side to side? If it is mobile it may be more of a concern. It was in my case, aged 12. I recovered and I am now 47.
A little child I know had a swollen lymph node that got bigger and bigger when he got a virus. Something wasn't draining right. He had to have a couple of operations to sort it out and now you wouldn't know different. I'll try to find the name of the condition.
I myself had a swollen gland for a good few years. Came up after a bout of shingles and then just wouldn't go away. I had ongoing problems with my glands as a child as well, wasn't ever anything serious