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Is it normal to have palpable occipital lymph nodes in a 3 year old? there is about 3 of them on each side, small and movable. he has always had them.

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Very common: Palpable occipital nodes are very common in children. These nodes are activated by any rash, injury or irritation to the scalp. As long as no other enlarged nodes develop in other areas, he remains healthy and thriving, and they don't become red or painful, there is no cause for concern.
Dr. John Gehred
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Doctor felt them?: Mary 539, There are many causes of lumps on the head in children, and if they have been there a long time and are not changing, they are likely to be nothing serious. being on both sides also suggests that they are not serious, as well as being easily moveable and not painful. I would recommend these being examined at his routine Well Child visits and followed by the doctor over time.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: They are usually quite readily felt if you know what you are feeling for.If I don't feel them on a kid at most ages I would think I was losing my touch. They should be pea sized or slightly bigger unless they have been stimulated within the last few weeks.Then they get to lima bean sized for a while before shrinking.

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