I am scheduling an appointment for my son to be seen, but in the mean time I thought I would ask if anyone has any experience with a persistently enlarged neck lymph node.
I noticed it nearly 3 months ago. My 3 year old has an M&M, less than 2 centimeter, size lymph node on the side of his neck. It moves around beneath my finger when I touch it and feels kind of rubbery. It's been there for nearly 3 months now, and I have bothered it every day since, hoping it would go down (I might be the reason it's sticking around..). He hasn't been sick for a very long time. He does get occasional cat scratches and had a lot of bug bites before I noticed the lymph node.
I honestly don't know if it's always been enlarged because I only noticed it when I had my hand on his neck one night.
He's active, has a healthy appetite, and has even gained a pound recently.
Any experience? It freaks me out and has caused a lot of worry.
Once a lymph node is enlarged, it takes a long while for it to go back down, at least in my experience. My daughter picked up a tick at the back of her neck near the hairline last spring. I noticed it within an hour or two, but it had attached. The lymph node near the bite was enlarged for months. Doc said it was OK.
Husband has had similar experiences with lymph nodes on the back of his neck.
I think, as PPs have mentioned, they often do take a long while to go down. Also kids mostly get upper resp infections so those are the nodes always being stimulated and, because they are quite shallow on the neck, it's easy for us to see them.
I would always suggest getting it checked out but in an otherwise well child, it's likely to be fine.
Mother of two spectacular girls, born mid-2010 and late 2012
You know, maybe marble is too big. bigger than an m and m, smaller than a marble. I dunno. Really noticeable for sure. I was pretty thankful that the chiropractor had already told me about them, because I think I might have freaked out.
If it is painful for the child, visibly red, or the skin over it is tight, that's when its time.to check with a doctor (he said).
He had is check up and the Doctor felt it and said it's not big at all and he's not even the slightest worried about it! He said you can feel some more than others depending on if they're under or over the muscle!