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#1 of 10 Old 07-18-2002, 09:27 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My daughter is 2 1/2. She has had swollen glands for over a month the first was behind her ear . A few weeks later some popped up on the back of her head. Those were going down and then she got a cold and a HUGE gland popped up on the side of her neck. Doc. says her ears are clear but gave me an rx for omnicef(antibiotic) anyway. I'm just looking for some advice from you wise mommas out there. Thanks,Jeannine
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sorry i can't be of much help... but my next door neighbors 3yo ds has had a swollen gland on his neck for a few months now, too..and my neighbor was expressing concern over this, too....she said her doc said it was nothing to worry about.. but I'd be interested to learn more too. hope your dd gets beter!
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my dd had huge glands and it was allergies my son at 3 had a huge gland he had mono. In most cases i think they tend to be allergy related is there fever? cause that can signify infection.
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This January my then-15-month old son had a mild infection that made him throw up one time, gave him a slight fever for 2 or so days, and ruined his appetite. It also cause the gland behind his ears to swell to almond size lumps. (his glands have always been visible as he is naturally slim, but they're usually pea size). My doc thought it was a virus and said the glands were doing their job but were getting backed up. He waited a week or 2 and then when they were still big he gave him antibiotics. One side went down but the right side continued to swell until it was the size of a walnut, then a small chicken egg. We tried one more round of a.b.'s, then he got a CT scan (yuck) The specialist read them and said it was a cyst. By this time 5-6 wks had gone by and my ds was acting normal, except he was still picky with his food and didn't sleep as well (which didn't necessarily mean anything.) Dr. planned surgery for another month down the road to remove it.

When they opened it up, it turned out the lymph gland had gotten so infected that it abcessed (v. advanced) My son's strong little body had sealed off the infection and he'd gone about his business for 2 1/2 mos., never complaining of any pain, etc.

It was a frightening ordeal and I won't ever know what caused the infection or what could have happened if it'd been left to its own....Kids get glandular secondary infections from cat scratch fever, mono, even West Nile virus. But I think if the specialist had read the CT scan correctly, he might have been able to drain the abcess without surgery and treated the opened infection with antibiotics (which aren't for everything, but ultimately were necessary here).

BTW he's just fine now, and gained lots of weight and crazy toddler energy within a week of surgery. Kids have amazing powers to heal.
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Thank you so much for your replies. Halah,your story sounds a lot like mine. My dd is not complaining of any pain. Her glands are still swollen. The ones behind her ears are getting smaller but the one one the side of her neck is still pretty huge. Did you go to a specialist(E.N.T)? I am bringing her back to doc. today because, after 1 week on antibiotics, she isn't signfigantly better. Thanks again to you all. I'll keep you posted(no pun intended
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Hi all, I know it's been a along timebut I just wanted to fill you in.
My babe has been acting well but still had fevers on and off and I figured it would be good to do blooodwork. I didn't even think a young child could have Mono. Chevy, what symptoms did your son have and how long did it take to go away? Thanks for all your help, Jeannine
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My son was 3. He didnt really seem ill to me just tired on occasion. After aboout 6 mo after the mono he would still have days where he was very tired wouldnt eat etc so i took him to a homeopath and after a few days on the remedies he doesnt have them tired spells anymore . If you email me privatly i will give you some other info
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I didnt think young ones like that got it either but turns out they do my dr was even surprised.
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has your child had any bug bites on the head recently? my daughter had some huge swollen glands on the head --i believe they were on the back of the head last summer, and i brought her to the doctor. he asked about the bug bites, and sure enough she had recently had some major black fly bites on the scalp. since then i've noticed the connection between bug bites/ swollen glands on the head or neck in all of my kids.
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autumndawn--for how long after the bug bites did their glands remain swollen? I had a wasp sting on my head about a month and a half ago, and a few days later noticed a bump behind my ear. The doc thought it was a swollen gland due to the bite, and said it could take up to a month to go away. It's smaller, but still hasn't gone completely down!
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lavender --

i can't remember exactly how long it took for the gland swelling to go completely away, but a couple of months comes to mind. i know it seemed like an awfully long time. and now that you mentioned it, they were definately swollen behind her ears, just like yours.
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