If your child has the mumps, be alert for signs that a secondary infection may be developing. If symptoms seem to get worse, or if new symptoms develop, seek medical treatment.
As much as possible, try to keep your child from contact with contagious children.
A vaccine that protects against mumps is
available, usually given in the form of a combination vaccine that also
protects against measles and rubella (the MMR vaccine). Doctors recommend
that this vaccine, which is given by injection, be administered when a child
is approximately fifteen months old, and that an additional dose be given
later, when a child is either four to six years old (before entering school)
or between eleven and thirteen years old (in middle school or junior high
school). (See IMMUNIZATION-RELATED PROBLEMS.)
From Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child by Janet Zand, N.D., L.Ac., Robert Rountree, MD, Rachel Walton, RN, ©1994. Published by Avery Publishing, New York. For personal use only; neither the digital nor printed copy may be copied or sold. Reproduced by permission.