A contagious viral infection causing painful swelling of the salivary glands.
- Pain when chewing
- Fever followed a day or two later by tenderness and swelling of one or both sides of the face.
- Severe headache
- 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.
- 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.