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Learn about signs and symptoms of mumps and how to manage it in your child.

Key points

  • Mumps is an infection caused by a virus. It is usually mild in children.
  • Common symptoms include swelling of the glands in the cheek and mouth, pain, fever and tiredness.
  • Since mumps is very contagious, keep your child away from others for at least five days after their glands start to swell.
  • Mumps can be prevented with the MMR vaccine.
Last updated: August 19th 2014