Beke sa bata raises great concern among parents, mostly since it is thought to cause life-long complications like infertility along with several misconceptions. But what exactly are the facts and myths about mumps in children?
Fact #1: Mumps is a highly contagious viral illness
The first thing parents need to know is that mumps is contagious. For this reason, kids are highly encouraged to stay away from other people who exhibit symptoms of beke.
People transmit mumps through direct contact with saliva or exposure to droplets from coughing or sneezing. Once infection sets in, one or both of your child’s parotid glands (salivary glands in front of the ears) sustain inflammation. Over time, the inflammation extends under the jaw.
The swelling makes it hard for the child to open their mouth, chew, and swallow.