It’s 5 am and Charlotte is whimpering in her bassinet next to the bed. I slowly roll over and start to stroke her hair as I have done many nights before. This usually sends her back to sleep but that particular morning, I shot up and flicked the lights on. A lump? I found a pea size lump on the nape of her head, behind the ear just above her hair line.
So before I completely freaked out and thought the worse, I hit up the mommy forms. Sometimes (okay most of the time), looking at the forms is a terrible idea. The worst case scenarios are usually lingering there and it freaks the hell out of you. But, in this case they were comforting. Lots of mommies had found the same bump on their little ones head and had already confirmed that it was a swollen lymph node with their pediatrician. I also confirmed it with mine two days after finding it.
Lymph nodes swell for numerous reasons. Swollen lymph nodes usually signal that there is a near by infection that the body is fighting.
According to About Kids Health, other possible causes of swollen lymph nodes are:
- Cuts, burns, skin infections, rashes and insect bites may cause lymph nodes to get larger.
- Swollen lymph nodes on the front of the neck could mean your child has a cold or throat infection.
- Swollen lymph nodes in the groin could mean your child has an injury near their lower abdomen or legs.
- Swollen lymph nodes in the armpit could mean your child has an injury near their arms or upper chest.
- Swollen lymph nodes on the back of the neck could mean your child has an injury on their scalp.
Your best bet when you find something concerning is to call your pediatrician and/or make an appointment. In the meantime, stick to my list of trusty books and websites. Don’t just randomly search google because you will find lots of scary things.
“Swollen Lymph Nodes.” AboutKidsHealth. AboutKidsHealth, n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2016.
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