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What causes lymph nodes on a child's neck to swell up occasionally?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Common finding

Lymph nodes are located throughout the body ; generally noticeable in exposed areas like the neck.
They are usually pea sized at rest and enlarged when stimulated by bug bites, dermatitis, drainage or infection. They usually return to resting size in 3-4 wks.They rarely can become damaged by infection ; grow to golf ball size ; need drainage or removal.

In brief: Common finding

Lymph nodes are located throughout the body ; generally noticeable in exposed areas like the neck.
They are usually pea sized at rest and enlarged when stimulated by bug bites, dermatitis, drainage or infection. They usually return to resting size in 3-4 wks.They rarely can become damaged by infection ; grow to golf ball size ; need drainage or removal.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
3 doctors agree

In brief: Normal

Lymph nodes swell up when they are doing their job correctly.
They help to fight inflammation and will enlarge when doing so. They are aiding your baby's immunity.

In brief: Normal

Lymph nodes swell up when they are doing their job correctly.
They help to fight inflammation and will enlarge when doing so. They are aiding your baby's immunity.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Infections,

allergies, dermatitis are the more common causes.
The nodes will usually resolve in a couple of weeks.

In brief: Infections,

allergies, dermatitis are the more common causes.
The nodes will usually resolve in a couple of weeks.
Dr. Diane Minich
Dr. Diane Minich
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