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swollen lymph nodes in neck since four months old, now 3 yrs

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My son has had swollen lymph nodes in his neck since he was four months old, now he's 3 years of age, his doctor tells me no need to worry because those lymph nodes are related to the skin and it's because of his eczema. Thinking about changing doctors now. I'm just not feeling right about this. Does anyone have any information about this?

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replied March 11th, 2012
Kids Health and Pediatrics Answer A32661
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Lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system, where white blood cells (lymphocytes) mature and ‎undergo clonal multiplication. The lymphocytes are important for fighting the infection and clearing the ‎viruses and bacteria from the body. Hence during any infection it is common for the lymph nodes to ‎increase in size and also become a bit tender (pain on application of pressure). ‎

In your son's case, if the node has not changed in size, shape and is asymptomatic, then it is ok. In addition if any blood tests done, also are normal, then your kid is safe.

Proper treatment of skin infections, or conditions like eczema might help to reduce the enlarged nodes.

Seeking a second opinion from a different pediatrician will also help to clear your mind of any persistent doubts.

I hope this helps.

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