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Are lymph nodes in back of head more palpable in toddlers than big kids? my 2 yo has about 3 on each side. 2 are small, 1 pea size or bigger, normal?

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Dr. Olivia Liao
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Can be normal: Small, mobile, pea or peanut sized.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: There are thousands of lymph node located around the body.Many in the neck, head, behind the ear are prominent in kids as they are not buried in tissue . At rest these are often 1/4 inch in diameter and may grow to marble sized when reacting to a stimulus. Bug bites, or viral infections can increase their size to 1 cm or more.Most will shrink down to pre-stimulated size over 3-4 wks.
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Last updated Feb 1, 2020
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