Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Matilda | 2008/08/20

Q.

Bump /swelling/lump

Hi Doctor
I noticed that my son, 18 months, has a bump/swelling/lump type thing on his neck (It is not very big). It is in the middle of his neck –  between his ear and shoulder on the right hand side. I saw it previously –  and I thought it was his vein when he is laughing or shouting, you don’ t see it otherwise –  it makes a little bump. Then last night when he was laughing again I though let me just feel to make sure and it is not a vein. It feels like a little pea and moves when you touch it. What could this be?
Thank you

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is a lymph gland. It is very common to find an enlarged gland in the neck of a young child especially after a bout of tonsillitis or a recent ear infection. What concerns me is that this gland is only on one side of the neck which is unusual and it seems to be fairly large from your description. I would be happier if you asked your paediatrician just to have look at this gland.

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