Children often suffer from many diseases, so we must be alert to symptoms that to work properly. Mumps is a disease of childhood to which we must pay utmost care and directly attacks the salivary glands.
Mumps (or parotitis) is a disease caused by a virus that is transmitted through saliva and can infect mainly children between 2 and 14 years who are not vaccinated. If it is spread by saliva, so be careful with silverware and other children who are incubating the virus.
The symptoms of mumps are different, so it is necessary to observe the child very well and to see the doctor if we see that:
has swollen lower cheeks,
have a bad stomach and head,
has red eyes,
disturbed swallowing food,
throw up a lot,
pain and swelling in the testicles (if man).
The doctor diagnosed that the child has mumps, only with a physical examination, no need to do blood tests to detect the disease.
To cure the mumps, the doctor prescribed some pills against headache and fever, such as paracetamol, but not aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). If your child has mumps, you can place ice packs on the inflamed area to reduce swelling.
Just give soft foods, soups, sauces and purees, it may hurt to swallow food very solid. Nor will des citrus, because these will make your glands produce more saliva, recalls that her glands are swollen and produce more saliva will be painful.
How to prevent mumps?
MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccine is very effective in preventing mumps. This vaccine has placed the child in the year and a half year old. If the child suffered from mumps vaccination and then be immune for life to this disease.
In basic also know that mumps can also cause permanent deafness or facial paralysis and meningitis. These cases are quite isolated, but can be avoided by taking the child to the nearest health center as the symptoms present.