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A 33-year-old female asked:

an 8 month old had a fever of 103 a few days ago. the doctor said it was an ear infection and gave him antibiotic shots. now he has a rash on his belly and swollen occipital gland. what should be done?

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Dr. Scott Diede
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Ear infection: The swollen occipital lymph node is most likely from his ear infection. It will go down (can take 1-2 months) as his infection is treated. Regarding the rash, it is hard to know whether it is an allergic reaction to the antibiotics shot, or from a virus (common). I would avoid shots of antibiotics from now on. Whether he should get oral antibiotics in future, i would discuss with his doctor.
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Unclear, but...: Infants often present with ear infections, accompanied by fever. The antibiotics may be causing a mild allergic response, or a fever can cause a rash. I know of no occipital glan. Perhaps the ear infection has progressed to mastoiditis, which is an infection of the bony air cells/sinus just behind the ear not too far from the occiput. Good luck!
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Ah, I see. Occipital lymph gland, that generally drains the scalp. Sorry for the confusion.
Jan 24, 2013
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Rosella: Your child may have rosella, which is a harmless viral infection. A child runs a fever for three days and then breaks out in a rash. Often times the occipital lymph glands may be swollen and tender illness usually affects children under two tears of age.

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