Swelling that occurs in the back of your child’s ear or known as the lymph nodes is a problem caused by the immune system so that if an infection occurs it will get bigger. Under normal circumstances the lymph nodes will not be felt, but if the lymph nodes have exceeded the size 1cm then it is suspected that it will have an impact on an abnormality that will cause problems for your child. Although basically every child has lymph nodes to keep them from getting sick easily.
However, if the lymph nodes are infected, they will enlarge, one of which can be caused by infection caused by the tonsils, namely the presence of streptococcal germs in children which can cause fever and colds so that the enlarged glands that appear at the bottom of the jaw are getting bigger. When your child’s condition often experiences illness, including fever, cough, cold or flu, the lymph nodes on the back of the head, precisely in the ear, will cause enlargement. Enlarged lymph nodes can cause several possible ailments ranging from minor to serious diseases.
The following are some of the possible diseases that can arise when lymph nodes are enlarged:
1. Acute infection
Enlarged lymph nodes will cause acute infection around the head and neck area. This swelling will occur along with the body’s fever and the consistency of tenderness and redness will occur. This can be caused due to an infection with bacteria, however, it will heal on its own.
2. Chronic infection
Enlarged lymph nodes are caused by the presence of micobacterium tuberculosa. This disease is related to the lungs, although some people experience this infection even though the lungs are healthy. Further examination is needed to determine the health of the lungs.
3. Primary Cancer Enlarged Lymph Nodes
This cancer will heal if it is detected early, but if the swelling gets bigger and has not received help, it is estimated that swelling will be found in other places such as the groin and armpits which makes it difficult to heal, even if it is at an advanced stage it will experience a large recurrence.
Thus you should check with your pediatrician to ensure the enlargement of the glands in your child, giving proper assistance to the enlargement that is not yet severe will make a quick recovery and avoid the risk of reappearing.