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Should I be worried?

Hey gals,

I am feeling guilty for not posting on here. Ever. I have been more active on the Sept. 2011 board and I am sorry. Sad

I hope all is well with you June 09 mommas. I do miss my FB friends (many of you, too!!)

So, some of you may know that Moriah always seems to have a runny nose or cough. Every single time I take her into see the ped., he tells me it is a virus and will just need to run its course. As I type this, Moriah is up stairs coughing and coughing. Ugh. Anyway, I know she needs to build up an immunity and with Sophia being in preschool and bringing home lots of germs, it seems as though Moriah just can't stay healthy! Just when she gets over a cold, she has one or two weeks, then gets hit again!!!!!!:mad:

Anyway, I am not so much as concerned with that as I am with the two little pea-sized lumps on the back of her neck (on either side). They are pliable and move around when I touch them. I am fearful to google this so I will ask all of you instead....Is this normal?? I am taking her to the doctor Monday morning to get them looked at, but don't know whether I should be feeling these or not. My friend said they are her lymph nodes. I don't know. It freaks me out!

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I can't say for sure in her case, but I have those! Went so far as to have them biopsied years and years ago. The verdict is that my lymph nodes are prominent because I'm thin. :rolleyes:

I did have several years of bad tonsils/adenoids (like...10 years) where I was always sick. The nodes were always noticeable then. It's common when fighting an infection. Definitely have it looked into, and definitely DON'T google it. You'll freak out. But if she's always sick, then my guess is this is normal. It's what lymph nodes do in reaction to illness. And from what I remember from my own experience with them, pliable is good, stationary is not.

Good luck mama, and breathe! I bet she's fine. :bigarmhug:

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A friend of mine's son had a constant runny nose for 2 years and the doctor kept saying it was a virus too. Finally they went to a different doctor and they did allergy tests and they found out he's allergic to some kinds of nuts! I had no idea that allergies to food would show up that way!

Not to say that Moriah has an allergy to nuts, but it could be an allergy to something?

It does sound like the bumps would be lymph nodes, they can get larger and smaller with sickness as well.

Hope that you can get some answers at the doctor!

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Thanks for the responses, girls!!!!

I will refrain from googling it. I keep telling myself this over and over again! I don't google about my dad's prostate cancer and I won't do it for this!!!!!!!!

About the allergies, she did get some blood work done to test for allergies when she was 11 months old (while she was under for surgery for the tubes in her ears) and didn't have anything other than a sensitivity to oatmeal and coconut. I don't know how valid or accurate this blood test was and whether or not things can change as she gets older?

We will see what the doctor says tomorrow. She has been fighting a cold (although the nose seems to be drying up) the residual cough is still there from some drainage.

I never noticed this on Sophia when she was younger and I tried feeling them on her now and couldn't. Of course, she isn't sick at all.

Ugh. Why do I always find something to worry about??!!

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I was going to guess lymph nodes also... With the frequent colds/illness, it would make sense for them to be swollen. But on the back of the neck? Like where exactly? Seems like an odd place for lymph nodes, but I'm not sure exactly where you're talking about.

And ditto on the allergy suggestion as well. She can definitely be sensitive to different things now, especially as she is older and exposed to different things in general.

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Hi Mary- I hope you are doing well and adjusting to life with two!

Poor Moriah goes to bed coughing and wakes up coughing!! The little lumps are towards the side of her neck below and a little behind her ears. She has an appointment this morning. I will let you all know what he says.

Thanks.

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Sounds like lymph nodes to me too. Whenever either of the kids or I have seen the doctor for some kind of infection - throat, ears etc. - the doctor always checks up and down the back of our necks, among other places, for swollen nodes.

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I was hoping Lisa would respond to this just in case Ben had the same before his adnoids were removed - I guess not right Lisa?

Could it be mono? I had it in juniour high and the cough and runny nose never went away and my lymphs were swollen

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"ekcanada" wrote:

I was hoping Lisa would respond to this just in case Ben had the same before his adnoids were removed - I guess not right Lisa?

Could it be mono? I had it in juniour high and the cough and runny nose never went away and my lymphs were swollen

I've felt lymph nodes in the back of Ben's neck before. It was more noticeable I suppose before he had his adenoids out.

Mary, my doctor always said the same thing about the cough/runny nose: "It's a virus. It's just daycare runny nose." blah blah blah. Do you think it's more? Possibly allergies? I insisted on Ben seeing a pediatric ENT. Turned out it wasn't just 'daycare runny nose', which I knew all along. That said, toddlers just get sick so much. Maybe it is all due to her big sis bringing the nasties home from school. :shrug: Personally, I can't wait for this winter to be over!!!!

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Thanks for all of your input, ladies. I really do appreciate it.

I took her to the pediactricians. We saw a doctor whom we have never seen before. I REALLY like her. She was calm and really listened and took her time with us.

She really feels that Moriah contracted a case of RSV (fortunately, with her being older it is not dangerous and does not need any treatments). She said there is nothing that I can do and it needs to run its course. She is SO full of mucus and drainage and her coughing typically ends up in her throwing up or gagging tremendously. This has been going on for over a month, I told her. But, her lungs are clear. I did mention allergies and she said that itis definitely a possibility even though she was tested when she was 1.

She felt the lymph nodes and said that was normal when fighting an infection and that I might feel them for awhile especially since she has a small, thin little neck. She said the size was normal and they really aren't abnormally large.

I also found out that one of Moriah's tubes in her ear fell out. I was hoping I would be able to see it when it fell out. Smile

And, I did get a lot of "It is normal for her to be sick this much and big sister brings germs home all the time" She said things should be better in the spring, summer. We shall see, I guess. If things don't. I may just need to look into the allergy thing a little more.