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How is a child treated for mumps?

Your doctor will talk with you about specific care for your child. Some general guidelines to follow are listed below:

  • Antibiotics are not usually useful treating mumps because it is caused by a virus.
  • Make sure your child gets plenty of rest.
  • Warm or cold packs on the swollen area to help decrease pain.
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol® or other less costly store brand) and ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil® or other less costly store brand) can be used for fever or pain. Do not give your child aspirin.
  • Do not give acetaminophen to babies under 3 months of age without a doctor’s order.
  • Do not give your child more than 5 doses of acetaminophen in a 24-hour period.
  • Do not give ibuprofen to babies less than 6 months of age without a doctor’s order.
  • Give your child soft, bland food such as soups, pudding and ice cream
  • Have your child drink plenty of fluids. Drinks like water, milk, decaffeinated tea and soft drinks are best. Avoid sour foods and fruit juices like orange juice or lemonade – they can make the pain worse.

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