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The MMR vaccination should protect your child against mumps.
Nevertheless, some people still have doubts about the vaccination so this article may help you to decide whether your kid must be vaccinated.

Many cases of mumps remain in kids aged from 5 to 14, although cases in young people are on the increase.

Signs
The most typical signs are:

– A high fever, with temperature level peaking at around 103F/39.5 C.
– Loss of appetite.
– Swelling and discomfort in the patotid glands which are positioned between the ear and the jaw.
– After about one week, other symptoms to appear might include: headache, stiff neck, drowsiness, queasiness and vomiting.

The swelling maybe uneven with either one or both sides of the face impacted making the kid look like a hamster with food in its cheeks.

In unusual cases mumps can trigger inflammation of the brain (sleeping sickness) and meningitis.

Mumps in teen males may result in the development of orchitis, an uncomfortable inflammation of the testicles that can, in uncommon cases, lead to sterility. Before the development of vaccination, whenever a child in the area captured mumps mothers utilized to take their young children around to the patient’s house in the hope that the child would catch mumps. The risk to a child was believed to be less and the resulting immunity which normally lasts for life would prevent the kid contracting the disease later in life when the consequences might be more serious.

Treatment
Around twenty per cent of contaminated people will be impacted so slightly that they will not even realise they have mumps.

Mumps is an infection and thus will can not be treated with prescription antibiotics. Like many viral illnesses, mumps can be delegated run its course and most kids and grownups recuperate in 2-3 weeks as long as there are no issues.

Treat the symptoms with paracetamol or ibuprofen. DO NOT USE ASPIRIN. Unless advised by a medical professional, do not offer aspirin to a kid who has a viral illness as using aspirin in such cases can result in the development of Reye Syndrome, a severe and possibly fatal encephalitis-like illness.

Offer lots of fluids however prevent acidic fruit juices (lemonade, orange juice etc) as these can increase parotid discomfort.

A kid with mumps doesn’t need to remain in bed but needs to not go to school while still contagious. A medical professional can recommend when it is safe to return.

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