|My daughter has had a high fever since Thursday morning. She complains about pain in her mouth and down her throat. When you ask her where it hurts she points to her cheeks and she says it hurts under her tongue. She also complains about pain in her legs. She's mopy, fussy, whiny, tired (She has never acted this way before in her life). On exam, the doctor put her on an anti-biotic because of her high fever and because her ears had a "strange luster" and she thought there was puss behind the ear drum. But it's not helping.
What do y'all think? I wondered about mumps when the cheek pain started, now with the pain under the tongue I'm thinking even more so. I'm wondering what I should do.
Offer her something with a high acidity, like OJ or tomato juice. That
is, often times, a pretty clear clue as to mumps, as the pain is immediate in anything over a mild case!
Personally, I wouldn't have used the antibiotics without having lab work done to see if there really is a bacterial infection. Mumps is viral (as are many illnesses!) and the antibiotics won't do diddly for that. Why take meds for something they won't work on (if, in fact, it is the mumps).
Our ds (age 9+) is recovering from what we feel is mumps. His doctor, too, thinks it sounds like mumps (he hasn't seen ds, but we will have his titers tested after he has recovered). Swollen salivary glands, fever (100-102 degrees), lethargy, sore throat, coughing and stuffiness. It's an airborne disease (caught from the droplets of sneezing and coughing). Keep everyone away from your child and home until she is fully recovered (wait at least a week after
the swelling goes away completely, before she goes out in public!!)
There is no treatment for mumps other than to treat the symptoms and keep the child comfortable and wait it out. Ds is great about drinking lots of fluids (stay away from acidic drinks, they can hurt!) and we actually wrapped his face to give the swollen glands some support (vertically, from under the chin to the top of his head), which helped ease the pain. Cold packs felt good, too (some people prefer warm). He took a lot of echinacea tincture (non-alcoholic) and I made a home-made sore throat syrup that had wild cherry bark, plaintain and other medicinal plants and honey in it. Tastes great and helps the throat, too!!! If the weather is mild enough, open the windows and bring in the fresh air. If it is really cold, bundle her up and offer her some fresh, outdoor air a couple of times a day. Time and rest are the "cure" for the mumps.
Google "mumps" and you'll find images of the glands that are affected by the virus. Know, too, that some other illnesses can cause swelling of the salivary glands, but not usually with all the other mumps symptoms to go along with them!!
Hope she feels better soon!!! By the way, have YOU
ever had the mumps??