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Mumps

By Janet Marshall

Advanced Diploma Naturopathy. Diploma Nutrition.

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Mumps is an infectious illness caused by a virus. It is most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, meaning other people can catch it when an infected person coughs or sneezes around them. The illness causes fever and swelling of salivary glands in the face. Complications include deafness, or inflammation in the brain, heart, liver and pancreas, among other possible issues. A further possible complication is swelling of the testicles, which may rarely be responsible for future fertility issues in men. Although mumps mainly occur in school-aged children, it is not a common health risk as it is vaccine-preventable.

Remedies

Aromatherapy

Use aromatherapy for creating a calming environment. A sache of Chamomile leaves, Lemon balm or Lavender can be placed in a stuffed toy or in the child’s pillow light.

Melotonin

Ensure the room is as dark as possible as this encourages the production of melotonin, the brain's sleep hormone. If the child is frightened of the dar, use a night light.

Magnesium

Magnesium 250mg for children aged 2-12 30 minutes before bed has a relaxing effect.

Diet

In the evening include: bananas, turkey, dates, figs, milk, wholegrain crackers or yogurt as these food increase tryptophan which promotes sleep.

Reviewed by Janet Marshall 25 February 2015 references
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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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