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#1 of 12 Old 09-30-2006, 01:22 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi everybody,

About a week ago, I noticed a hard lump behind my 5 week old baby (about one cm long in size). It does not bother or appear to hurt him at all, but I wonder what it could be. I am actually getting a bit worried about it...
He is a very happy baby, breastfeeds very well, has put on a lot of weight, etc. everything completely normal, but this lump is making me really nervous....

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Could it just be a lymph node? That's harmless, if so...

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Yes, they are lymph nodes. All babies have them!! No worries!!!

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Hello again, OP here...
Thanks for your replies...
Really, just a lymph node? Even if it's hard? Oh God, I am/have been so worried that sometimes I get so stressed out I could cry... and I know it's silly, but I'm terrified of taking him to the peds!
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My dd has the same exact thing. Chiro told me it was a lymph node and completely harmless. I was freaked out too.
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Lymph nodes ARE hard, when they are "in use".

If you are that scared of taking him to the ped, perhaps you don't trust your ped? Perhaps it's a sign from your intuition that you need someone else?
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Perfect timing for this thread. We just noticed a couple on Panda and I was about to freak out! DH has a cold so she must be fighting it off! Phew!
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Hope everyone's right and it's just a lymph node.

I also hope you're able to find a ped you feel comfortable with. I can't imagine how I'd have gotten through a lot of her early months without calling them like a lost puppy or stalker or something. I always imagined them covering the phone, rolling their eyes, and saying, "It's Jen again..."

Good luck!
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OP here again...
so how long can I expect this to last for? Will it be there for weeks, or it depends?
thanks again...
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It's always there, but it is more noticeable under thin, soft newborn skin. The size and hardness will fluctuate as baby grows and his immune system is busy doing different things. I noticed the same thing on DD at that age and also worried! I think I could feel them for a week or so at the time. Right now, I can't find them behind her ears, but they'll show up again someday.
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My Dd had one too, it was more towards the back of her neck, but it was indeed a lymph node - they're everywhere! Normal.

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My DD had a lump behind her ear too. I figured it was just a lymph node but I asked the Doc anyway and she confirmed it. I can't feel it anymore. I wouldn't worry, but if you do, just ask the Doc.

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