Childhood Diseases

Posted by: BMJ | 2012-05-03


Swollen gland

Dear Doc

Thank you for you answer on the Red Bull. Now another question.
My 5y old son has had a very mild cold - more congestion than a runny nose for about a week. On the weekend he complained that his ears are blocked. But no pain or fever. He is eating and playing as usual.
This morning, however, he complained his neck is sore on the one side. I noticed he had quite a bit of swelling under his ear - more to the jaw side and it was painful to chew. The swelling was only on one side. It is probably the size of a gold ball and it was to tender to touch to tell you whether it moved or not. I know that swollen glands are a common occurance with viral infections. I just want to confirm that it is not something else. (I thought mumps - but he was immunised and he has no fever or any other symptoms)

Thank you

Expert's Reply



It is difficult to be sure about your son's swollen gland without being able to see him.I agree that Mumps is the most likely diagnosis in spite of him having had the MMR. It would be best to ask your doctor to see him as this gland is rather large.

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Posted by: BMJ | 2012-05-03

Doc, I just checked again, the pain seem to be over the parotid gland, not behind the ear - although the whole one side is swollen

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