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.

Mumps is usually a mild disease. Serious complications, including meningitis, encephalitis, or permanent deafness, can occur, though this usually happens in adolescent and adult patients.

Call your child’s pediatrician right away if your child has a high fever, stiff neck, severe headaches, or signs of confusion.

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