The Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Mumps in Children

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Overview
  • Mumps is a viral infection that leads to severe pain of the salivary glands. Mumps often occurs in children whose intake of water is insufficient and who suffer from constipation.
Introduction About Mumps In Children
  • Mumps is a viral infection disease of childhood.
    Mumps is an acute viral infection that is characterized by swelling of the parotid glands those are located just below and front of the ear and at times, the salivary glands located under the lower jaw.Once upon a time, mumps was considered as one of the most inevitable infectious disease of childhood.
  • Mumps is a contagious disease that leads swelling of the parotid salivary glands.
    Typically, mumps is characterized by a painful swelling of both cheek areas, although the person could have swelling on one side or no perceivable swelling at all. The salivary glands are also called the parotid glands; therefore, mumps is sometimes referred to as an inflammation of the parotid glands (epidemic parotitis). The word mumps comes from an old English dialect, meaning lumps or bumps within the cheeks.
  • Mumps is characterized by a painful swelling of both cheek areas.
    Mumps is another childhood illness that was very common before a vaccine was developed. The infection often causes no symptoms, but when it does, the classic sign is swollen glands between the ear and jaw. This creates the appearance of "chipmunk cheeks." Despite high vaccination rates, recent outbreaks have infected thousands of people in the U.S.
  • Mumps most commonly occurs in children.
    Mumps, also known as 'epidemic parotitis', is a condition that is largely not a problem in the Western world thanks to the introduction of many medical supplies such as vaccinations and the means by which to give them. This was once a common problem particularly among school children and would lead to many days off.It's hard to pinpoint the exact cause, however aside from the symptoms, there are also certain risk factors that have to be looked out for.
Causes Of Mumps In Children
  • Mumps can spread from person-to-person by contact with items that have been contaminated with infected saliva.
    Mumps Causes

    Mumps is transmitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes and also by contact with recently contaminated objects such as towels, handkerchiefs, glasses or dirty hands. Infection witha a virus known as a Paramyxovirus causes mumps.

  • Mumps can be spread by infected person coughs or sneezes.
    Causes Of  Mumps Virus In Children:

    Mumps is a contagious disease that is spread from person to person through contact with respiratory secretions such as saliva from an infected person. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, the droplets aerosolize and can enter the eyes, nose, or mouth of another person. Mumps can also be spread by sharing food and drinks. The virus can also survive on surfaces and then be spread after contact in a similar manner. A person infected with mumps is contagious from approximately 6 days before the onset of symptoms until about 9 days after symptoms start. The incubation...

Symptoms Of Mumps In Children
  • Earche and tenderness in the jaw are often the first signs of inflamed parotid glands.
    Signs and symptoms

    About 1 in 5 people who develop mumps have no symptoms. Many patients who do show signs of infection have only general symptoms such as a low fever, extreme tiredness, loss of appetite, muscle pain, and headache. Symptoms usually appear within 14 to 25 days after exposure to the virus.

    Only 30 to 40 percent of people who become infected with the mumps virus have the swelling in the jaw area that most people associate with mumps. Earache and tenderness in the jaw are often the first signs of inflamed parotid glands. In 2 out of 3 cases of mumps, both parotid glands...

  • Symptoms include a mild fever, dry mouth and throat, headache, and swelling of the parotid glands.

    Once infected with the virus, symptoms usually appear within 14 to 24 days. The most common symptoms of mumps are:

    Swelling of the parotid glands (the salivary glands situated just below each ear). This causes the typical hamster-like appearance often seen in...

  • Symptoms can include fever, headache and painful, swollen glands in the face, neck and jaw.
    The first symptoms are typically a headache and slight fever, accompanied by loss of appetite. The tell-tale sign of mumps, however, is swollen parotid glands. These glands are one of three types of salivary glands and are located in the back of each cheek, between the ear and the jaw.
Mumps Treatments
  • A Doctor from Bridge Lane Health Centre in London explains the symptoms and treatment of mumps.
  • The best treatments for the mumps are simply time and rest.
    Bed rest is another essential treatment mumps. Any child or adult suffering from mumps must have proper rest until the fever disappears. Once the fever improved, the children may be allowed to play quietly. To send their children to school, if a doctor only allows you to do so.
  • There is a intial mumps vaccination available for children between 12and 15 months and 2nd dose between ages of 4 and 6.

    Treatments and Drugs

    Due to the fact that the mumps are caused by a virus, it will not be effective to take any antibiotics. As with just about any viral illness, the mumps infection need only complete its course. Luckily, the majority of cases of the mumps, provided that there are no complications, will only last about two weeks.

    As a general rule of thumb, once a week has passed after a diagnosis of mumps, a person can no longer be considered...

  • A Paediatrician from London explains why it is so important that you vaccinate your child against mumps infection.
  • It is recommended that all children get the vaccination.

    How are mumps treated?

    Apart from staying in bed while the swelling and temperature is at its highest, mumps demands no special attention.

    Prior to the development of a vaccine mumps was considered to be a part of growing up for many children. If the disease is contracted later in life, the risk of the unpleasant complications listed above is far greater.

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Summary
  • Mumps is a childhood illness which characterized by a painful swelling of the salivary glands. It is occurs in children between the ages of 2 and 12 years who have not been vaccinated. When a child has the mumps, it is important to see the doctor and a proper rest until the fever disappears.

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