Does Your Child Have Mumps? 3 Early Symptoms to Look For! by Dr. Josephine Dlugopolski - Gach

Does Your Child Have Mumps? 3 Early Symptoms to Look For!

Mumps are in the news again. What symptoms should parents look for? The first symptoms of mumps include:

  • low-grade fever
  • headache 
  • loss of appetite

Early on, a person with mumps can have just a genuine feeling of being “unwell.” As the virus progresses, the salivary and parotid glands may swell, but this only happens in 31 to 65 percent of the cases. Some people have no symptoms and others have respiratory symptoms.

It is important to keep a person with mumps isolated since the virus is contagious. The swollen glands that come with mumps doesn't happen until a person is already contagious. 

The information on is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal health care provider.

Nicole DeAvilla
Just found out there has been a small outbreak at my daughter's college. Everyone was required to be immunized. They are getting only mild cases because of the immunization. Thanks for sharing this tip!
Dr. Shayna Mancuso
Thanks for sharing this info!!!

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