What is the outlook for children who get mumps?

When mumps occurs in a child, most children recover fully within a few weeks. Your child can return to school when symptoms have improved and it has been about a week since the swelling started.

When mumps occurs among adults, the illness is more likely to be severe. Pregnant women who get mumps have a higher rate of spontaneous abortion.

Once a child has had mumps, it is very unlikely that he or she will get them again in his or her lifetime. The best way to ensure that your child is protected against mumps, however, is to make sure that your child's immunizations are up to date.

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