|Alphie, 3 and 1/2 weeks old.|
It was soft and obviously not bothering him. As I tried to figure out what to do, I recalled reading somewhere about milk goiter in kids.
The best article I could find about it was at the Fias Co Farm website. I found that via the metabolic/nutritional disease page at www.sheepandgoat.com (the Maryland Small Ruminant page. I mention it because it is definitely worth bookmarking.)
Bottom line? It is not uncommon and not a problem. It resolves itself once the kid is weaned. The only action on my part was to make sure it was indeed milk goiter and not bottle jaw (parasites, a soft abscess located more on the jawline, found in adults usually, not kids), CL (Caseous Lymphadenitis, very bad news. Abscess is hard, not soft), or even an insect bite (small, hard lump).
It certainly doesn't slow him down. He's a very happy, active little guy.
Milk Goiter © April 2013