My daughters left breast is swollen and red and has a hard lump in it! Help?!

Stephanie - posted on 02/09/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My 15 months daughter woke up yesterday and when I gave her a bath I noticed that her left breast around the nipple was really red and swollen. When I touched it, there was a hard lump in the middle of it and must be uncomfortable to her because when I pushed on it or touched it she squirmed and does not let me look at it! I called the doctor and they cant see her until wed! So just wondering if anyone else has seen this with there daughters or if they know what it could be? Also any suggestions on how to make it better? Any help would be great!

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I'm a surgical nurse-most of the time it is nothing-give her some tylenol-and if it is an abscess or bite-a warm compress won't hurt.  She may have a clogged gland-I woundn't worry unless it gets bigger or painful (tylenol won't help).  Keep an eye out for fever too, sign of infection and then I would push to have her seen immediately.

Heather - posted on 02/09/2009

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personally i would take her to the ER now..i have never heard of a child with something like that.

Jenn - posted on 02/09/2009

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My daughter had the same thing at about the same age. The pedatrican told me it was nothing to be alarmed at, it is just simply hormones. It came and went for my daughter, and now at 8 years old it's there to stay. One of the perks of being a female, yay!

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Stephanie - posted on 02/10/2009

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Thanks everyone for the suggestions and the information! I put a warm compress on last night and gave her a warm bath and let her stay in it for a while! This morning when she woke up it was looking better! Its no where near as red and not as swollen! The hard lump is not as hard or as big so I guess its getting better! She will now let me touch it too so it must not hurt anymore. Still going to take her to the doctors tom. just to be sure its not serious! Thanks again for all the advice and concern!

Holly - posted on 02/09/2009

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As a mother to 4 daughters, often times girls get blocked ducts. a nice warm bath that you keep putting the warm washcloth over the site may help relieve the discomfort your daughter feels from this. Unless she is running a fever, there is no need to go running off to an ER. If you think she is uncomfortable, give her tylenol or motrin, the motrin will help with swelling too if it is an abcess, if it's not if will surely help with the discomfort. Go with your gut, you won't steer yourself wrong.

Krystle - posted on 02/09/2009

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that is an odd spot but with my daughter she use to get boils on her and that would start out and red and swollen and then if not treated you would have to get it cut...we havent had to yet with her but if it is that then put a hot compress on it and do it all day and it should get a white head or pop with slight preesire it may hurt her to put pressure on it but it s better then being cut with no pain killers

Khalima - posted on 02/09/2009

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Warm compress. Or if you live near a health food store, get the ingredients to make a poultice. I agree with someone earlier to keep her hydrated and watch for fever! 

Amber - posted on 02/09/2009

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Quoting Amber:

Believe it or not, that's kind of common. It could be an absess or a type of staph infection. If it bursts open, or it's uncomfortable even without any pressure on it, take her to your pediatrician as soon as possible. If it's really bad, go to the ER, but going to the ER is actually more expensive then just getting it checked by her doctor, so you may not want to wait too long.



Also, I agree with the warm compress thing. Iff it is staph, or an absess, the heat will soothe the pain and bring it to a head faster, or even make it go away completely.

Amber - posted on 02/09/2009

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Believe it or not, that's kind of common. It could be an absess or a type of staph infection. If it bursts open, or it's uncomfortable even without any pressure on it, take her to your pediatrician as soon as possible. If it's really bad, go to the ER, but going to the ER is actually more expensive then just getting it checked by her doctor, so you may not want to wait too long.

Cynthia - posted on 02/09/2009

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I had a similar issue, but mine was when she was very young, one month oldish.. and it was the hormones in my breast milk, and it was a common issue. Perhaps a bite of some nature. I would monitor her temperature, and keep her hydrated. But I am not a doctor so....

Rebekah - posted on 02/09/2009

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Did she get stung by a bee or bit by a spider??? Is there any discharge? I'm not sure how to help other then to say someone is thinking about you and will put you in prayers. I would use ice if it seems swollen. Keep us updated and let us know how it goes. * hugs *

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