Mumps is a viral infection of the parotid gland, a gland which produces saliva and is located in front of and below each ear. If your child has mumps, he or she was exposed to another person with mumps 16 to 18 days earlier.
With mumps your child will have:
Mumps can be prevented if your child receives a mumps vaccine (as part of the MMR immunization) between 12 and 15 months of age.
The fever is usually gone in 3 to 4 days. The swelling and pain are gone in 7 days.
Give acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil). A cold pack put on the swollen area for 20 minutes may also relieve pain.
The disease is contagious until the swelling is gone (usually 6 or 7 days). Your child should be kept out of school and away from other children who have not had mumps or the mumps vaccine.
Children should have the first MMR shot when they are 12 to 15 months old and the second when they are 4 to 6 years old. If your child or teen has not received the mumps vaccine and has not had mumps, he or she needs to get the vaccine.
Those who are not protected should call their healthcare provider during office hours to see if the mumps vaccine would be helpful. Adult and teen males who get mumps have a 25% chance of having a swollen testicle along with the other symptoms of mumps. Usually only one testicle is affected. If swelling occurs in just one testicle it won't cause fertility problems. Even if both testicles become swollen, it rarely causes sterility.
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