Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

157 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Infant having painful small lump on neck. Will it be cured?

Answered by
Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth

Pediatrician, Neonatology

Practicing since :1970

Answered : 891 Questions

Posted on Fri, 1 Feb 2013 in Child Health
Question: I just discovered a huge (about 7cm) size lump (hard, a bit painful, it seems) in my 11month old baby's right side neck, also a few smaller lumps in the neck, really painful, nowhere else in the body. He is fine otherwise. i will only be see a doctor tomorrow, or monday, but i can't calm down. Is there a chance that he is ok?
Answered by Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth 1 hour later
I know how a mother feels like, when in this situation!

As you say the lump and other lumps are painful,it suggests that they are possibly of infective origin.
Is there any redness,or warmth around the lumps or does the child have fever?

The smaller swellings can be lymph nodes or abscesses.
Can't you go to an ER and show the baby at least to have an immediate treatment.
For pain ,you give tylenol every 6 hrs to give him some relief till you reach the doctor.
It is unlikely to be a major illness with this sudden onset and painful lesions.

Do not worry.

Good luck
God bless
Dr Uma

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth 6 minutes later
Dear Dr. Uma,
thank you for your speedy reply. He has no redness, no fever, a bit of a cough, but otherwise ok. I was diagnosed with the strep throat yesteryda, and am on antibiotics, just finished 48 hours of it.

I don't know whether the lump is sudden, or I just have not noticed. I look at older pictures, and notice that the right side seems a bit larger in the past month. He was see by a ped about 6 weeks ago, because he had a high fever for 5 days with no other symptoms, and the doctor cleared him, and he was fine since then. He gets a bit of runny nose now, but not too much.

What scares me is the size of the lump. It is clearly visible, to say nothing of touching.

It is night time here, and I will probably take him either to ER or walk in tomorrow.

If you have other thoughts, I would greatly appreciate them.
Thank you.
Answered by Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth 47 minutes later

This why I feel that the swelling is infective .

As a doctor has seen 6 weeks ago and did not find anything obvious ,it must be a new occurrence.
please go to ER when ever possible because if infective,antibiotics should be started soon.

As I said earlier big lump of this size in the side of neck can not be anything else.

Our other concerns are tuberculosis causing adenitis and malignancies like lymphomas,which do not present this way.

Don't get scared Anna! The baby will be fine.
God bless and Good luck

Dr Uma

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to

Recent questions on  Tylenol

doctor1 MD

I think I might have had a mini stroke a few days ago. I did not go to DR no health ins. Hot flash, dizziness blindness in left eye like a bright flash bulb light lasted over an hour. Nausea, lethargic, no appetite. Numbness in right hand and difficulty writing - also right hand. Estrace for hormone replacement from historectomy 2m daily. Tylenol PM to sleep nightly. Forty seven years old, 115lbs, 5 10 YYYY@YYYY

doctor1 MD

Hi Doctor, My 8 months old son has been having loose motion since last Saturday. He had sever diaper rashes which has now reduced to some extent. Last Wednesday he had high temperature in the night (102 degree F) after which we started Tylenol. From Friday, he started developing rashes all over his body including his face. His fever has come down, but all the remaining symptoms are still there. Please advice what could be the cause for this.

doctor1 MD

I am currently on Tramadol for a pain that I haven t been able to get rid of on my own with relaxation and OTC meds such as Tylenol and Advil. Tonight my heart has been palpitating and I want to know if it could be the pain pill or if not is it safe to take the Tramadol?

doctor1 MD

If Naproxen has damaged my kidneys and Tylenol is bad for my liver what type of pain meds are available for me? I am said to have several chronic conditions which Docs seem to think or they claim once thought were in people s heads, which I don t understand, but I m only a teacher with a BS and a MS who suffers from spinal degeneration, narrowing of the spine, bulges at L1 and L2 and recently L4 and L5 up until Oct. 2013 when an attempt was made to correct these imaginary disc bulges. I suffer daily sinus headaches docs say they see something in there but there s nothing they can do about it. I have bursitis they tell me, which at times calls for a long needle to be jabbed into my hip and, there s nothing imaginary about that. They tell me I have Gerd so I imagine that s that burning sensation that come up in my chest and throat when I miss taking my omeprazole. I wonder if something like that could have led to my moms and her only sister s esophageal cancer? Or it could be the hiatal hernia or the unspecified intestinal disease they told me I have. You know I thought after that surgery while I was in rehab I was feeling better then I had in years and then I went home. The very next day I was back in the emergency room oh I forgot before I left the rehab a sore started to form at the surgical site and it began to bleed a little but no one was alarmed, especially not me I had had at least 8 abdominal surgeries before, one of them had to ripped back open due to infection (my C-section) the other burst back open when I was made to get up and too soon I thought, after my hysterectomy when I became dizzy and fell while walking down the hospital hallway. This was different this was something I had never heard of and probably would not have if I had died you see doc the people in the emergency room sent me home with a tube of cream, never contacted my surgeon it was her day off never advised a follow-up with her, oh I guess they knew I would not need one. But because I had home health care they took me to their hospital and a week later from the doctor s office I was rushed into surgery stat still didn t know what was wrong and two operations later after efforts to get my blood pressure stabilized I was then told I had contracted something called MRSA. I was on antibiotics for months and sick as hell for months one infection in the body after another in various places I won t name. Finally I was treated for a terrible bronchitis that would only go away with a protocol of prednisone and antibiotics used to treat pneumonia. So back to my original what type of pain meds are safe for me? Thank you in advance if you can answer my question and God bless.

doctor1 MD

My 2 year old grand daughter is staying with me. She only gets a fever of 104 at night. IN the day it is normal and she goes throgh her normal routine, active and eats and drinks well. In the evening, she is drigining and eating snacks too. My...

doctor1 MD

Hey doctor this morning before work I had a blood test done. There was not much pain during it but afterwards I was in a bit of a rush since I had to go to work straight after and in the rush I noticed pain in my left arm where the blood was drawn...

doctor1 MD

Getting tatoo in couple hours. Is it ok to take tylenol & flexeril before and or after tatoo? Thanks for prompt help!