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January 31st, 2010, 03:47 AM
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My son got his shots two, almost three weeks ago. The lump on his leg at first seemed normal to me. I figured, "They probably just hit a muscle or something." And it started to go away, but then it came back. It's not ginormous like it used to be, but still visible if you just look at his little leg. Also the spot is kind of feverish on and off, not his whole body, just the one spot.
He had gotten two shots on that side (one of which I asked them not to give) and another on the other side (we were behind). Is the lump normal? If so, how long should it last before it goes away?
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January 31st, 2010, 06:13 PM
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Because of the lump going away and then coming back and the amount of time that has elapsed, I would be inclined to think the puncture wound itself got some bacteria in it and may be infected. When splitting up my younger son's vaccines, they said we do increase the risk of infection at the vaccine site by poking him more times. I'd never have even thought about that aspect if they hadn't volunteered the info. I've never heard of a reaction to a vaccine taking that long. If they're going to react to a vaccine, it's usually within a half hour or at least the same day, which is why I'm more inclined to think it's something else. But I'm not a doctor, so I'd say give your pediatrician a call, they may want to look at it.
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January 31st, 2010, 07:54 PM
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I agree with the pp. Call your doctor since you're concerned.
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January 31st, 2010, 08:57 PM
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My son had lumps in his legs after his 2nd round of shots at 4 months (DTaP, Hep B, Hib, Polio, PCV). He had the redness at the injections site and hard lumps. the redness went away (I don't remember how long) but the lumps were there for a long, long time - I could still feel them a little by his first birthday, although they were not visible by then, I just knew where to feel for them. I was concerned , and took him to see his pedi, and was told that those kind of lumps are very common especially after DTaP, but that they would resolve themselves in a few weeks to months. Well, they did take a while, but they did go away.

Since your son's went away then came back, I'd have his doc take a look.

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January 31st, 2010, 09:31 PM
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Yeah. I should probably call. I just didn't want to without some other mommies opinions. We're on gov't assistance and no one in my town takes that insurance except for the clincs. And its HELL to talk to anyone. =/
And now I'm worried because my friends mom said when she took her daughter to doctor I took my son to, they used a dirty needle. It was like seven years ago, but still! =o
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