Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Didi | 2011/12/09



My 8 year old had mumps afew weeks back and now my four year old has mumps. I also have a 10 month old baby and am now worried if she''s going to have them also. How severe can mumps be for a baby. My four year old is in so much pain now it''s so heartbreaking. Now I am worried about the baby. Is is possible for her not to get them now.


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It is unusual that your older children both had mumps as they should have been immune to this illness due to their immunisation with the MMR at 15 months. Your oldest child should also have had the MMR booster at 5 years.Your 4 year old still has to have the booster.
Babies can get mumps, but fortunately it is very unusual for children under 2 years to get mumps. There us no known way of preventing a baby from getting mumps. The MMR immunisation is only given at 15 months.The incubation period for mumps is between 14 and 18 days so it is very difficult to know if your baby is going to get mumps or not.

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Posted by: Didi | 2011/12/09

@ Purple.

My kids were all vaccinated and the little is not vaccinated yet because she is only ten months old. Even when one is vaccinated one can still get mumps I think???? I only have girls purple.

Thanks for your input though

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Posted by: Purple | 2011/12/09

did you not vaccinate your children?

Your boys can end up infertile because of having mumps.

Your 10 month old is too young for the vaccination though as its done at 15 months.

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