Posted by: Abby | 2007/08/07


Lump on back of babies head and neck

My baby is one year old and well and happy. When she was about 3 months old I noticed two small lumps on back of head about 5mm, and one on back of neck just under hairline (nape of neck) also about 5mm. I mentioned them to her paediatrician and he said they were glands. I must not worry. She has had a few infections in the past months and often has a stuffy nose, everytime I take her to GP she checks them and says they are reactive lymphs. My baby has had treatment for hip dysplasia for 8 months (Spica and brace) so spent a lot of time lying down on back. She is bald at the back of her head. Could this have something to do with the lymph nodes? They dont seem to have changed in the last 9 months. Can this be normal?
Thanks for your time.

Expert's Reply



These enlarged lymph nodes are very common in babies of this age.In the vast majority of cases no cause can be found as to why they become enlarged in this area. There have usually been no scalp infections to account for their presence. These nodes are called 'benign occipital lymphadenopathy of infancy'. The nodes will eventually disappear by themselves.

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