An Encounter with Swollen Gland

@ 1 year 1 week 4 days

I got the shock my life on Wednesday when nanny told me there’s a lump in Ryan’s neck. I quickly examined and yes.. sh*t!! Indeed there’s a small lump the size of pea just right below his left ear under his jaw line. I almost went bonkerz. I quickly called hubs summoned him to come home NOW! I started to “think east, think west” (speculate). It doesn’t helped that paed is closed on Wednesdays. So the earliest I could drop in is the next morning.

Ryan was down with a slight fever the day before (38C). So, hubs was pretty sure the lump was merely an enlarged lymph node against the infection. I just wasn’t convinced and certainly do not want to take things for granted. Better be safe than sorry. So, I insisted it is a MUST to go see the paed first thing tomorrow morning. NO OTHER OPTION! Blehh.. *very fierce already*

Reached paed’s office at 8.30am. Ryan was #5 on queue but the first patient to go in cos the rest had gone for breakfast. Heehee.. Anyways, as soon as we walked in, Ryan behaved strangely. He showed an obvious gesture he wasn’t comfortable in the paed’s room. And as soon as the stethoscope landed on his tummy, my poor baby wailed like there’s no tomorrow. Anyways, after a thorough check., paed confirmed the lump is indeed a swollen gland caused by the body’s immune defense against the bug. Instantly I gave a sigh of RELIEF!
Hubs was busy comforting the crying baby when I heard paed uttered the word ‘BUT’….. Huh?? But what????? According to paed, the gland will subside after the antibiotics (3ml Zithromax once a day for 3 days) . However, do not expect an overnight recovery as typically it will take up to 2 weeks for it to go back to its normal size. Aiks.. I seriously thought after medication, *gau dim* (settle) lor.. Paed advised us to continue monitor Ryan’s swollen gland. Importantly is to make sure no multiplication or enlargement to the lump. Pheww~~~
No fever, no cold symptoms, nothing, Ryan is all a-okay. Now we just have to complete his course of antibiotics and hope the swollen gland will reduce to its normal size soon.

Again, hubs said I worried too much. But who wouldn’t right….

15 thoughts on “An Encounter with Swollen Gland”

  1. Phew….luckily the lil fella is ok. Of course the parents are the ones who go bonkers each time the child is sick.

  2. my jo has the lump on his neck too..all the while from baby till now..so does my hubby..should i worry? i think i should ask my paed too…

  3. Isn’t it always the mom who go hysterical first :P I also prefer to get doctor’s reassurance on things like these..

  4. I would freak out too if i were you…good thing you have it check!

    Hope he gets well soon…Take care! :)

  5. Hi Yvonne, I would too. Esp when it comes to the little one, and we should not take anything for granted esp fever. But sometimes, think about it, seeing doc for all little nitty gritty things does burn our pockets but I guessed as long as when we hear that our little ones are well, all are well too :)

    I would usually self med grace for 3 days before seeing a doc. Because any kind of symptoms, it will normally surface after the 3rd day. Either getting better or need to see doc. But of cos, provided I have the right med at home. Take care. Glad that Ryan is ok.

  6. Phew.. thank god it’s nothing! Love the scrap and Irfan has the same top too… but cannot fit anymore.. haha!

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