ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Mumps symptoms in children

Updated on June 29, 2011

Mumps symptoms in children

The classic mumps symptoms in children are:

  1. Prodroma: the symptoms are preceeded by fever, headache and weakness.
  2. Enlargment of the parotid gland: it is a salivary gland that lies behind the angle of the mandible and it pushes the ear lobule upwards and forwards. The inflammed gland is painful and tender to touch. The pain increases on chewing or eating sour foods.

    The swollen parotid gland is back to normal within 5 days to a week. Other salivary glands may be enlarged such as the sublingual or the submandibular glands.

The disease is caused by a viral infection with the mumps virus. It is transmitted as a droplet infection from cough, sneezing and respiratory secretions of infected persons.

The patient remains infective to others for 10 days from the onset of parotitis (inflammation of the parotid gland).


-By detection of the virus itself in salivary secretions

-Increased antibodies titre in the blood.

-High serum amylase.

Prevention and treatment of mumps

Mumps is prevented by active immunization with MMR vaccine which gives life lon immunity.

Treatment of mumps:

Mainly symptomatic treatment:

  • Bed rest for a week.
  • Diet: By eating soft food. Avoid sour or spicy food.
  • Fever reducer and analgesics for pain.
  • Cold compresses on the cheeks.
  • Treatment of complications:
    Some of the serious complications are inflammation of the testis, meningoencephalitis, pancreatitis, arthritis and others.

Orchitis (inflammation of the testes) are more common in adults and can even cause sterility if not treated. In children, Meningio-encephalitis is the most common complication of mumps.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Mezo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Egypt

      lo0ol :D:D:D thanks alot for the comment

    • Money Glitch profile image

      Money Glitch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Oooh, the wonderful childhood diseases. My mother's theory was when one child catches a disease give it to all of them. So she would place all six of us in a room and get it all over at one time. Needless to say, I never liked that theory. LOL! An informative hub, thanks!

    • Mezo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Egypt

      thanks alot, ocbill :)

    • ocbill profile image


      9 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      I'll be sure to walk around any coughing tikes in a sterile CDC suit.

    • Mezo profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Egypt

      Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you liked my hub

    • Silverbonds profile image


      9 years ago

      Alot of good detailed information thank you...


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)