7 Year Old Boy With Lump In His Breast.....

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Asked by acmcnee

7 Year Old Boy With Lump In His Breast.....

My 7 year old son's left nipple area has been slightly swollen for the past 2 weeks. Tonight he told me that his heart hurts right under where his nipple is. His nipple is still slightly swollen, but today it looked worse. When I touched it, I felt a lump about the size of a small pea under the skin. The fact that this issue first surfaced two weeks ago and seems to be getting worse has me concerned. Today he has been running a fever with the cold sweats off and on - but also has belly ache - don't know if its all connected or not....I see different sites talking about this happening in boys at the onset of puberty . . .but he is only 7. Any ideas? Should I rush him to his pediatrician? Thank you.

acmcnee

Answer

This sounds like it could be some sort of infection. Since he is so young, it would be more likely to be a skin problem than a hormone problem. Maybe he initially had some sort of scratch or cut that got infected. It's not unusual for women to develop an abscess that feels like a lump under their nipple. I don't know if that is common in children or not. Because of the fever, I would recommend calling the doctor. If the fever is high, call right away; someone will be on call. Otherwise, you could wait until office hours start.

Answered by Phyllis Johnson