Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Monique | 2009/07/05


Swollen gland

My 5year old daughter has a swollen lymph node on the one side of her neck (about the size of a grape) that come and goes. She is not sick at all. Is it necessary to take her to a specialist, or is it only her body' s way of fighting infections? I had her examined by the GP the previous time it was swollen, who suggested we give it two weeks to go back to normal before running tests. Within 2 weeks it was normal, but now, about a month later it is enlarged again. I' m worried sick.

Expert's Reply



Your daughter's gland in her neck may simply be due to a recent throat or tonsil infection. However the fact that it disappeared and has now come back means we need to be sure that this is the cause and nothing else is wrong here.So it would be best to take her to be seen by her doctor. A full blood count and the test for glandular fever need to be done.

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