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What Causes Swelling In Neck Above Collarbone In Children?

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Posted on Wed, 22 Apr 2015
Question: Toddler of 2 years has swelling in neck above collarbone. Runny nose. Sneezing. Slightly raised temperature.
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (23 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
maybe an enlarged lymph node

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Based on your description, it is possible that the enlargement is due to one of the cervical lymph nodes.
These lymph nodes enlarge in response to upper respiratory tract infections (cough and cold).

The cervical lymph nodes are located in various areas in the neck, chin and shoulder region. If you feel gently around his neck , one side at a time, you may also feel other small nodes.

The lymph nodes respond to infection, they are part of the immune system and work to help fight infection.
They can take 4 to 6 weeks to reduce in size after the infection has resolved. Because young children can have repeated infections, it may seen as though they take long to resolve.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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What Causes Swelling In Neck Above Collarbone In Children?

Brief Answer: maybe an enlarged lymph node Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic Based on your description, it is possible that the enlargement is due to one of the cervical lymph nodes. These lymph nodes enlarge in response to upper respiratory tract infections (cough and cold). The cervical lymph nodes are located in various areas in the neck, chin and shoulder region. If you feel gently around his neck , one side at a time, you may also feel other small nodes. The lymph nodes respond to infection, they are part of the immune system and work to help fight infection. They can take 4 to 6 weeks to reduce in size after the infection has resolved. Because young children can have repeated infections, it may seen as though they take long to resolve. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions