Mumps
A contagious viral infection causing painful swelling of the salivary glands. 
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Mumps

A contagious viral infection causing painful swelling of the salivary glands. 

Symptoms:

  • Pain when chewing
  • Fever followed a day or two later by tenderness and swelling of one or both sides of the face.
  • Vomiting
  • Severe headache

Seriousness:

  • Take your child to a doctor if you think she has mumps.
  • If your child has a severe headache - with or without vomiting - or pain in her abdomen, call your doctor immediately. 
  • Inflammation of the testicles in boys can lead to sterility in later life. 

Treatment:

  • Paracetamol will reduce fever and relieve the pain.
  • Let your child drink lots of water, but not fruit juice, as this stimulates the flow of saliva and may make the glands hurt more.

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