Aside from Measles and Chickenpox, Mumps and Roseola Infantum are also common diseases that children acquire. Mumps can be prevented through immunization while one just has to wait for the Roseola Infantum virus to take its course.
MUMPS is a viral infection that usually causes swelling of the salivary glands. It is transmitted through virus-containing respiratory tract secretions that are inhaled by the child.
Fever will persist for three to five days. There will also be pain when touching the swollen area while eating food or when opening the mouth. Give the child food that are easy to chew and swallow to make mealtimes a little less painful. A child may also experience vomiting, headache, weakness, and loss of appetite.
Do give the child plenty of fluids, rest, and paracetamol to reduce fever and pain. Prevention is through immunization with the MMR(measles-mumps-rubella) Vaccine.
ROSEALA INFANTUM usually occurs during infancy but may also occur in later age. It is transmitted through breathing virus-containing air droplets and is characterized by a sudden onset of very high fever in a child who doesn’t look sick.
A child will appear very healthy but develops high grade fever with a temperature of 38.9C and above. The fever persists from three to seven days and antipyretic medication may be given to control the fever. During this period, a child may seem mildly irritable and a little sleepier than usual. He may also have decreased appetite, mild diarrhea, slight cough and runny nose.
When the fever disappears, a rash suddenly appears in the torso which spreads to the upper arms and neck. The rash eventually fades after twenty-four hours.