Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Danni | 2009/03/17


Swollen Gland - huge

Good morning Doctor

My son will be 11 years old in May. He wasnt feeling very well (flu symptoms) on Thursday and we visited our GP on Friday, who prescribed a cough syrup (Prospan) and another medication (Deselex).
He seemed to be a bit better on Saturday but on Sunday morning, I noticed that the gland under his ear was extremely swollen. So swollen in fact, that we suspected mumps. He has never had a fever and his cough is not getting worse.
We visited our GP again yesterday, as the swelling didnt subside and he confirmed that it isnt mumps. After examining him, he couldnt tell us what it is exactly.
He prescribed a broad spectrum antibiotic (Amoclan) in the meantime and said that should the swelling not subside by tomorrow, we should come in again.
I' m so worried. He' s experiencing pain in that area and has difficulty eating.
What is causing this and what can we do to help?

Thank you so much!

Warm regards

Expert's Reply



This does sound like mumps or if not mumps an inflammation of the salivary gland called the Patrotid gland. The illness is known as parotitis.Antibiotics do not help for this problem as the cause is usually a virus. Becuse he has so much pain and cannot eat it would be best to ask your paediatrician to see him.

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