Swollen Lymph Nodes in Children Questions and Answers
Swollen lymph nodes can be uncomfortable and upsetting to children, if you think it’s caused by an illness or infection, call Night Lite Pediatrics or walk-in to see one of our pediatricians today to get your child diagnosed and treated. Call us today or visit us online for our locations. We serve patients from Greater Orlando, Jacksonville, West Melbourne, and Port St Lucie Florida areas.
What are swollen lymph nodes?
Lymph nodes are small, bean-sized glands throughout the body. They help to fight against germs and infections trying to hurt your body.
Many issues can cause your child’s lymph nodes to swell, in most cases however, they can swell when there is an illness or infection near the area. Unfortunately, they can also swell for unknown reasons. In most cases however, swollen lymph nodes aren’t serious and usually return to their normal size with no treatment or once the illness or infection has passed.
What causes swollen lymph nodes?
Swollen lymph nodes can be causes by a multitude of reasons including:
• Common illness, such as cough, cold or an ear infection
• Bacterial infections like strep throat
• Viral infections like mononucleosis
• Rare illnesses that can affect the immune system
• Very rarely, cancer
Follow-up care for your child is key to helping your child with their treatment and safety. Be sure to go to all appointments with your pediatrician and call them if your child starts to have any issues. It’s a good idea to know your child’s test results and keep a list of medicines your child takes on hand.
How are swollen lymph nodes treated?
Contact your pediatrician at Night Lite Pediatrics if your child has any of the following:
• If you child suffered from a seizure due to a fever
• Painful or swollen and tender lymph nodes
• Lymph nodes that continue to grow in size or persist to bother your child past 2 weeks
• A large lymph node that is very hard and does not move under your fingers when touched
Treatment for lymph nodes in children will differ depending on your child’s symptoms, these treatments include:
• In many cases, no treatment is necessary as the lymph nodes pass on their own
• Medicine can be prescribed by your pediatrician to treat any infections your child may be suffering from. Remember to have your child take all of the medicine prescribed, even if he or she starts to feel better.
• If the lymph nodes are becoming painful, or even tender
You can try to help relieve your child’s symptoms at home by:
• Offering your child over-the-counter medicine to treat pain and fever. Read the label and follow the directions on the labels, as it will offer important information about dosage and if your child can even take it.
• Apply a warm compress to any painful or tender lymph nodes and use items such as warm, clean washcloths, a bottle filled with warm water or even a potato warmed up in the microwave that is wrapped in a towel.
How is the cause of swollen lymph nodes diagnosed?
Lymph nodes are an important part of the body’s immune system. They act as tiny filters, which catch viruses and bacteria or white blood cells and destroy them. Lymph nodes also produce substances that help kill infection-causing germs.
Pediatricians can figure out the cause of swollen lymph nodes by:
• Reviewing the child’s symptoms and health history
• Physical exam which is when the pediatrician will check the lymph nodes in the neck, behind the ears, under the arms, and in the groin area. The lymph nodes can often be felt from the outside of the body when they are swollen. If there is a suspected infection, the pediatrician may order additional tests as needed to confirm it is indeed an infection in the lymph nodes.
If you believe your child may have swollen lymph nodes caused by an illness or an infection, and you want to get them diagnosed and treated, contact Night Lite Pediatrics! We have over 13 locations to serve you in Florida. Night Lite Pediatrics is open to help your children 7 days a week, after hours and until 11 or midnight. Walk-in to one of our clinics today, or call us for more information.