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I feel lumps in my baby’s groin area. Should I worry?

These little lumps you are feeling are most likely lymph nodes. These lymph nodes are the body’s defense mechanism against infection. They are normally the size of a pea, so even a normal sized lymph node is more easily felt in young children.

Often, lymph nodes will swell when there is an infection near the area. When babies develop certain types of diaper rash, they will sometimes develop enlarged nodes. Don’t worry, they will usually go down with time. Talk to your doctor, however, if you notice swollen glands all over your child’s body, the lymph nodes enlarge rapidly, or they become red and painful to the touch.

Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, August 2019

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  1. Baby is 6 m/o biracial (B/W) female and doesn’t have and has never had a diaper rash. Baby has patch of rough skin on right anterior & lateral ankle since 2 months old, diagnosed as eczema. Baby 6 m/o now scratches foot. Baby had bilateral groin swelling noticed around 5 m/o. Now right side appears normal and just left side remains swollen.

    A few weeks later baby developed anterior trunk annular quarter sized rash with centers pale in color. Tiny dime sized circle on left medial arm near arm pit and dime sized barely noticeable on medial upper left thigh. Diagnoses questionable ring worm vs eczema.

    Treatment with clotrimazole to trunk to rule out ring worm. After one week no improvement with anterior trunk rash. Eczema cream applied to ankle. Seems to be clearing but still scaly and pale center with darker skin on outer area.

    Should there be a concern if diagnosed as eczema? Should pediatric dermatologist be consulted? Baby has family doctor since pediatricians are rare in our area.

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