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enlarged lymph nodes

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Heartbeep Mon 07-Jan-13 21:24:57

My DS is 15 weeks old.

At 10 weeks i noticed a little lump on his neck, mentioned it to HV & she said it was a lymph node & DS was probably fighting off an infection & it would go away.

Over xmas another 3 appeared but DD & i had the norovirus so i assumed he was fighting this off. He fortunately didn't get it.

I took him to the GP today as the original one is still there and there are two others. At the GP the Dr noticed another one on the other side of his neck. He said they're definitely lymph nodes and nothing to worry about but wants to see DS again in 4 weeks to see if they're still there.

Does anyone know if they're likely to remain or should they always disappear? I'm a bit concerned one has been there for over 5 weeks and has increased a bit in size. GP was quite sure they're nothing to worry about but couldnt explain why one has been there so long.

DS is fine otherwise as far as i can tell.

PickledMoomin Mon 07-Jan-13 21:43:57

My DS was investigated for several very large lymph nodes just before Christmas.
GP ran some bloods when they didn't go down after a month and some of these came back as abnormal. She urgently referred him to a consultant.
I didn't want to wait until Feb so decided to make him a private appointment. The consultant told me he could run a clinic for enlarged lymph nodes only and he'd always be busy.
He examined the lymph nodes and said that although they were large, they were also moveable and not too hard to touch. He wasn't concerned at all and discharged him immediately.
He reassured me that DS would be extremely unwell if there was an underlying cause and said how useful lymph nodes were- firing out to protect against dreadful illnesses. He said to leave them alone and not think about them. Sometimes they never go down.

Heartbeep Mon 07-Jan-13 21:56:44

Thanks pickled that's reassuring.
DS are also moveable, something th GP noted today.

He really does seem totally fine, smiley as ever so I'm reasonably convinced that he is OK. I just wasn't sure how common it was for them not to go away.

PickledMoomin Mon 07-Jan-13 22:01:12

Take him back in a month or sooner if you're concerned but I'm sure it's nothing to worry about.

duende Mon 07-Jan-13 22:04:11

My DS is 3.5 and has a few enlarged lymph nodes on one side of his neck. We first noticed a couple when he was about 12 months old and showed them to the paed he was seeing for reflux, the doctor wasn't concerned. Since then I've had 2 different GPs check them out and again, they weren't concerned, because DS is generally healthy, developing well, good weight and height, etc.
They do worry me sometimes but I keep reminding myself that he is generally well, so no reasons to worry.

Crazytictac Mon 07-Jan-13 22:05:07

Sorry to hijack but that's really reassured me too.

My DS is 2.5 years and has had a raised soft malleable lymph node behind his ear and another on his neck for 6 months. Seen 2 different GPs who weren't worried in the slightest but I've been contemplating going back again. I probably will still go but won't have that horrible rising anxiety feeling as much.

PickledMoomin Mon 07-Jan-13 22:15:29

I was terribly anxious about them to the point of checking them a few times a day.
The consultant was very straight with me and said how many times a day he sees enlarged lymph nodes and still only sees one case of childhood leukaemia every four years or less in a city hospital.

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