Recognize Your Child Has the Mumps and How to Treat Them

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Mumps are swelling of the salivary glands which can be very painful. Our glands make saliva, so it can moisten our food when we chew it or swallow. The puffiness can occur along both sides of the face, or along the jawline, or under the ears. Mumps are caused by a virus, and are contagious, and were once more prominent in babies, children and adults before the vaccination program we now have in the United States. You can become infected if the person that has it coughs or sneezes. You can also catch it if you drink from an infected person's drinking glass. The incubation period is normally 12-24 days. If you are vaccinated, the chances of getting them are extremely low. The MMR vaccine can help you from getting mumps. It should be given when children are 12-15 months old, and then they should receive a second dose at 4 to 6 years old. What are the symptoms of having mumps?

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Symptoms

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    Muscle Pain
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    Fatigue
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    Appetite Loss.
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    Fever.
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    Swollen Glands.
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    Headache.
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There may be some problems for people with mumps that can be more serious. Complications such as:

  • Temporary or Permanent Hearing Loss.
  • Inflamed testicles and scrotal swelling in males.
  • Inflammation of a female's breast.

Things you can do to not spread the mumps to others?

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    Hold a tissue over your mouth when you have to sneeze or cough.
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    Always wash your hands.
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    Do not share food or drinks with others.
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    Clean areas around the home that are regularly touched, such as doorknobs, light switches, and counters with bleach and water.
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    Try to stay away from other people so they won't become infected.
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What Treatment is there for Mumps?

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    Ice or Warm Compresses applied to the swollen areas.
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    Tylenol.
    This will help ease pain.
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    Drink lots of fluids.
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    Eat softened foods.
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Most people do well recovering from the mumps. But then again, most people get immunizations now, so chances of getting the mumps are less common.

Mumps symptoms in adults

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Mumps are known to be very common in children between the ages of 2 to 5 years but it can also be contacted by adults especially during winter or spring seasons.

So what are the symptoms of mumps in adults?

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    For the first 48 hours of contacting the disease, an adult or even a child can experience the following symptoms and signs
     
    1. Muscle aches also known as myalgia
    2. Face pain
    3. Headache
    4. Sore throat
    5. Low grade fever
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    On the third day of the disease, the affected individual will have parotid gland swelling which will be very tender to touch.
    This inflammation may last for up to 10 days although it may not be as severe in adults as it is always in children
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    They will also experience some respiratory problems which are not specific.
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    Men may also experience testicle lump and pain.
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    Most men suffering from mumps may also experience scrotal swelling.
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    Adults may also suffer from swelling of the jaw or temple.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • Go to emergency if you experience a high fever, continual vomiting
  • Schedule an appointment to get your child his immunization shots that he or she will need.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
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