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when changing my baby's diaper i found a lump in his groin. what could this be?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
A lymph node: Most often when parents find a small lump in the groin of a child, the lump will represent a lymph node. Lymph nodes essentially are the bodies trash cans and can get bigger with a recent illness. Groin nodes will respond especially to diarrhea type illnesses. However, lumps here can also represent other issues such as a hernia and should be looked at be your doctor to be certain.
Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Hernia or Lymph Node: A lump in an infants groin could be a sign of a hernia and should be examined immediately. If a hernia is found, surgery is required to prevent the associated risks of incarceration which is the trapping of bowel or other tissue in the hernia and is a medical emergency. Another possible "lump" is a lymph node which also may require treatment if due to infection.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
It could be...: ...A lymph node or a hernia, and i would not wait too long before having your dr see the child.
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Hard to say: A lump in the groin could be an enlarged inguinal lymph node, which can occur after a diaper rash or healing sore of the legs. Occassionally a testicle will retract into the inguinal canal and can be felt there. Inguinal hernias can also present this way. Best to have it checked to be certain.

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