I have had my hands full for a couple of days as my daughter is down with Mumps [thankfully a mild case].
Her brother, my eldest had Mumps almost on the eve of his 4th Birthday about 5 months ago, but luckily it was mild.
My girls is has been restless and with seriously fluctuating temperatures for several days,
For the last couple of days I was just so sure her body temperature was unusually high, but the doctor said other wise – he said her body temperature was still within the normal temperature range for humans.
And whoa I discovered the swelling/lump last night when she continuously kept on scratching the back of her head.
I went back to the doctor today and alas he said she had Mumps, and gave Antibiotics to prevent any secondary infections and also recommended Children’s Paracetamol and Vitamin C.
What is Mumps?
Mumps is a viral infection caused by the Mumps Virus.
It is highly contagious with an incubation period of about 14-25 days but more often 16-18 days.
Painful swelling of the salivary glands (classically the parotid glands] is the most typical presentation. In older males painful testicular swelling with rash may also occur. The symptoms are generally not severe in children
The disease is must run its course before receding, with no specific treatment apart from controlling the symptoms with painkillers.
Mumps is a contagious disease that is spread from person to person, through Saliva.
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, sharing drinks, and kissing. The virus can also survive on surfaces and then be spread after contact in a similar manner.
A person with Mumps is contagious at least 6 days before the symptoms appears.
There is no specific treatment for Mumps as it a viral infection and must run it’s course.
Symptoms may be alleviated using hot or cold compresses against the swollen area and Paracetamol or Aspirin for pain relief.
I hope my little girls heals fast enough, I hate seeing her so stressed and uncomfortable.