What is mumps? Mumps is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the parotid glands. Parotid glands help to make saliva (spit). They are located in front of and below each ear. The mumps virus is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is also spread through direct contact, such as sharing cups or toys.

What are the signs and symptoms of mumps?

How is mumps diagnosed? Your child's caregiver can usually diagnose mumps based on your child's symptoms and physical exam. Your child may need a blood test to confirm the infection.

How is mumps treated? The goal of treatment is to decrease your child's symptoms. He may need any of the following:

What are the risks of mumps? Your child may lose some or all of his hearing. The infection may spread to your child's testicles. One or both testicles may be red, swollen, and painful. Mumps may cause swelling of your child's pancreas. This can cause abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. The infection can spread to the brain or spinal cord. This can cause brain damage and may be life-threatening.

How can I manage my child's symptoms?

Where can I find more information?

When should I contact my child's caregiver? Contact your child's caregiver if:

When should I seek immediate care? Seek care immediately or call 911 if:


You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's caregivers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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