Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mumsy | 2009-05-27


if not mumps then..?

Hi Paed thanks for yr earlier answer.

Is there anything else I can have her checked for if I am not convinced it is mumps? Or rather, under what circumstances should I take her back to the doctor? He has said I need not do anything but give her painkillers as and when necessary. Is there anything I should look out for that might prompt me to go back? The pain seems worst during the night and early in the morning but generally she perks up immensely from about 8 30am onwards. It is as though being in an upright position soon offers pain/pressure relief of some sort.

If it is of any relevance, her first tooth has just come out and in early March she had two teeth removed and a filling put in, all under GA. Two of those procedures were on the side which is now swollen. But surely if this was at all dental-related, the complications would have arisen then, not now? Your thoughts?


Expert's Reply



Yes, the last part of your question is exactly what I was thinking about. The possibility of a tooth abscess is certainly something to consider. The other possibility is an inflammation of the salivary glands other than mumps or swollen lymph nodes from tonsillitis or some other throat infection. It would be best to consult your dentist first as an abscess is the most likely problem.

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