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I am really worried about my son (he's 3 1/2) and I'm wondering if any of you could possibly know what this could be. On Thursday night, as we were going to bed, DS told me that his tooth was hurting. I didn't think too much of it, thinking it might be a cavity and I'd address it in the morning. Then Friday, as I was putting his socks and shoes on (we were planning to go to my brother's b-day party), I noticed that the left side of his face was really swollen and he felt feverish! Well, I started freaking out (inside; I didn't wanna scare DS, but I think he still noticed my concerns) and called my DH right away to ask him what I should do. Well, first I called our family doctor, but they were closed, so then I called the dentist and took him in for an exam (thinking that maybe he had a tooth infection). Well, the dentist looked inside his mouth and didn't see anything wrong with his teeth (no redness or cavity or anything). They tried to take dental x-rays, but DS wouldn't cooperate. So after that, we took him to an after-hours urgent care center. Well, the doctor there said that it is most likely a bacterial infection of his submandibular salivary glands and prescribed him some antibiotics. They also tested for strep throat, which was negative and took two viles of blood for more testing (haven't gotten the results back yet). Well, the swelling got worse on Saturday and by Sunday, his skin was turning red over the gland. So, DH took him to an emergency room at a nearby hospital and the doctor there said that it's most likely the mumps (I was thinking it might be, after doing TONS of research online. We don't vaccinate). Well, I was pretty relieved by that diagnosis because the mumps isn't a serious illness, but now I'm not so sure it is the mumps! The reason is because I read that there usually isn't redness associated with the mumps. So, now I'm starting to worry again! I mean, besides the swelling and redness, DS is acting completely normal (has a normal appetite, is running around and playing as usual. He was napping during the day for the first two days, which isn't normal. But he seems fine now), but that swelling and redness concerns me! I have been giving him his antibiotics twice a day since Saturday, so we have that covered, but it's just hard not knowing exactly what is wrong with him! I just hope thst the blood test comes back tomorrow so that maybe we'll get some answers. I am also gonna try to take him to our primary doctor tomorrow (hopefully they'll have an opening) to have him checked out. I want him to have x-rays taken of his mouth, in case he has an absess or something!!<br><br>
Have any of you ever dealt with anything like this before? I'm very concerned!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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It could be a sinus infection or something like that.<br><br>
If it is bacterial, perhaps the antibiotics are not strong enough and that's why they don't seem to be helping.
 

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If he'll take tart lemonade or eat pickles, that will help get the salivary gland flowing and draining. It might just be clogged. Hot honey and lemon (and water, like a tea) should help, too.<br><br>
Is the swelling more towards his neck than his cheek? Does he have bad breath? Can he produce saliva to spit and is it watery or thick?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It could be a sinus infection or something like that.<br><br>
If it is bacterial, perhaps the antibiotics are not strong enough and that's why they don't seem to be helping.</div>
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I don't think it's a sinus infection because it's too far away from the sinuses. It's down along his jaw line. There is a huge lump right there that is hard and red.<br><br>
Yeah, maybe the antibiotics aren't strong enough. The good thing is, he doesn't seem to be getting any worse, but he doesn't seem to be getting any better either. Although, he is able to open his mouth pretty wide now when a couple of days ago it was impossible to do without him being in major pain.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If he'll take tart lemonade or eat pickles, that will help get the salivary gland flowing and draining. It might just be clogged. Hot honey and lemon (and water, like a tea) should help, too.<br><br>
Is the swelling more towards his neck than his cheek? Does he have bad breath? Can he produce saliva to spit and is it watery or thick?</div>
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Hmmmm...okay, I'll try giving him some pickles.<br><br>
Well, his swelling is along his jaw line, towards his neck. I don't know about his breath, although it probably is bad considering I haven't brushed his teeth since Thursday because I've been afraid of causing him pain. I'm gonna try to brush them today though since he can now open his mouth without being in pain. Hie seems to be able to produce saliva, but I don't know the consistency of it. I'll have to see if I can check.<br><br>
Thanks for the advice!!
 

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You have described what my kids looked like when they had the mumps.<br><br>
One had it very severely on both sides. He had several fever blisters at the same time. His whole fact was red. He was tired and very much in pain.<br><br>
The second had it only on one side. No fever blisters.<br><br>
The third had a very mild case on both sides but barely any swelling.<br><br>
I never gave abx to my kids.<br><br>
If it were my grandson I would start giving Sodium Ascorbate Powder and cod liver oil (mercury free). IMO you can't go wrong with that no matter what germ it is.
 

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Thanks, Gitti! Did any of your kids have redness though? My son's gland is really swollen and bright red! It isn't blistered or anything. It's just really red in color and the gland is really big and hard. Does it still sound like the mumps? His swelling has gone down quite a bit. It's the redness that is worrying me.<br><br>
I was doing more online research today and I came across this illness called Actinomycosis or Lumpy Jaw. The symptoms sound very similar. They are:<br><br>
A swelling or hard, red-to-reddish-purple lump on the face or upper neck (see neck lumps)<br>
Fever<br>
Weight loss<br>
Pain is minimal to absent<br>
Draining sores in the skin, particularly those on the chest wall resulting from lung infection with Actinomyces<br><br>
The only difference is that my son doesn't have any sores. And he hasn't been losing weight. He doesn't have a fever anymore either. Hmmm, there are quite a few differences, actually. So, it's probably not that.
 
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