How is mumps treated?
There is no treatment for mumps; the disease must be allowed to run its course. Treatment focuses on treating symptoms to make the person as comfortable as possible. These treatment steps should be the following:
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- If the glands are swollen and causing discomfort, ice or heat packs can help ease the pain.
- Non-aspirin medications such acetaminophen and ibuprofen can be used to bring a fever under control and help with pain from swollen glands.
Do not give your child aspirin. Children with viruses such as mumps who take aspirin can develop Reye’s Syndrome, a dangerous disease that causes liver failure, swelling of the brain, and even death.
Call your child’s pediatrician right away if your child has a high fever, stiff neck, severe headaches, or signs of confusion.