Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Nel | 2007/05/27



Dr, I am still concerned regarding my boys(3yr8mnths) swollen neck glands (It's been there since he had 'scarletfever' 1yr8mnths ago)...The Pead says this is normal in young children? I still can not find pease of mind regarding the scarletfever. As I've mentioned before, he had all the symptoms of Kawasaki syndrome and there was no streptococ(?) in his blood/mouth. What worries me, is that I've read that they can get heart damage....He is thriving, runs and plays., with plenty of energy...If there were any heart damage, would it be noticed during routine examination? Is there any clinical symptoms that would have been noticed by now? I feel like a nagging ,paranoid mom...Must I just relax and start enjoying my boy?

Expert's Reply



No you cannot relax until your child is investigated for possible coronary artery damage as a result of suspected Kawasaki's disease. This is quite easily assessed by a paediatric cardiologist. Insist that your paediatrician sends your son for this investigation.He does seem to be well now but you have to know that there is no residual damage.

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