Handling In Children Crying And Screaming The Neck Looks Swollen?
Good afternoon, Doc, my 4-year-old child cries and screams on his neck and looks swollen on the right. What should I do to reduce swelling …? Is that a serious symptom? Please enlighten me … Thank you doctor …
Good afternoon. Thank you for asking Hello Doctor.
Swelling in a child's neck has several possible causes such as
- enlarged lymph nodes
- salivary gland infection (mumps)
- fluid-filled sac (cyst)
The most common condition is enlargement of the lymph nodes which are generally associated with infectious conditions such as flu or infections of the respiratory tract or sinus area (cavities in the facial bones). When an infection occurs, the body will respond by increasing the production of white blood cells to fight the condition of the infection where the production is mostly in lymph nodes so that the increase in production will affect the enlargement that occurs. Usually the lump is about 1 to 2 cm in size and is usually accompanied by pain. After the infection is cured it will usually be followed by a reduction in lymph nodes.
Infection of the salivary glands in children is often known as mumps. Symptoms that appear are swelling on the side of the neck with pain sometimes accompanied by complaints of difficulty swallowing and decreased appetite, generally with a high fever.
Fluid-filled sacs or cysts are often in the tyroglosal location around the neck. This is related to the condition of not completely closed ducts that should close so that the fluid can gather and form lumps. Ordinary lumps develop as the child ages. Lumps usually do not experience pain and are not accompanied by fever.
What the mother can do at home is to pay attention to the development of swelling experienced by the child and accompanying symptoms that also accompany it. For comfort and pain relief can be compressed with warm water once every 4-6 hours. But if in 1-2 weeks there are still or even enlarged you should consult a doctor to do a physical examination and further support. And if found symptoms such as
- children have difficulty swallowing
- the child looks short and has difficulty breathing
- children experience very severe pain
Then the child should be immediately taken to the nearest hospital.
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