My daughter is 2 and she's had enlarged lymph nodes for a year. It started as one on the right side of her neck up under her jaw. I took her to the doctors and they said wait 3 months. So we did and the inflammation went down but never went back to normal size.
We moved and have started seeing a new doctor at the beginning of this year. My daughter now has a ton of enlarged lymph nodes under her jaw along the side of her neck, behind her ears and in the back of her head, all being lymph nodes. The original one is fixed and she has another fixed on the left side of her neck. The doctors have done blood work and she had mono at the beginning of the year and they said give her 4 months for everything to go away. Well its been 6+months since that and they've done blood work, antibiotics, been referred to an Ent (who was a quack, he didn't even look at my dr's notes). How do I get a dr to listen? Where do I go from here?
Answer by andrea96 at 11:14 AM on Sep. 3, 2010
Answer by Raeann11 at 11:14 AM on Sep. 3, 2010
I am a medical lab technologist and I used to work in the lab department that does the kind of lab work that tests for blood disorders including mono. It is rare for a young child to have mono and children have other symptoms that flu-like. The blood tests would have picked up diseases like leukemia. Dental problems can cause swollen lymph nodes and she should be checked by a doctor. Rubbing lymph nodes can make them swollen. I suggest next time she is ill to go to the closest childrens hospital ER.
Answer by Gailll at 11:23 AM on Sep. 3, 2010
Most bacterial infections don't need antibiotics in children. You just have to wait for infections to get better. It doesn't matter if they are viral or bacterial. I had an enlarged (fixed) lymph node for over a year after an infection, 3 months isn't a long time. If she is getting many infections then it may be appropriate to test her for primary immune deficiencies (PID). If she has 2 of the 10 warning signs then she should be tested. I have the PID called common variable immune deficiency (CVID). My 3 sons and now my toddler grandson have the same disease. It can be inherited, the result of a genetic mutation, or from other reasons they aren't sure of because it is so rare. I get IV gamma globulin evey 3 weeks to protect me from infections so I don't have to live in a bubble. 10 Warning Signs to follow.
Answer by Gailll at 11:34 AM on Sep. 3, 2010
Answer by Gailll at 11:39 AM on Sep. 3, 2010
Answer by elizabiza at 11:53 AM on Sep. 3, 2010