The Mumps Rag

By Alison November 20, 2007 13 Comments 0 Min Read


  1. Holly says:

    I always wondered why they did that. There's no way my kids would have ever kept it on. I can see it now " Come here Charlotte let me tie up your head." I hope he's feeling better soon.

  2. Veronica says:

    Some of the old wives remedies are still the best. Our Mum used to heat up a soft woolen vest and give it to us to hold on our poor aching faces…..and then she figured out a heated pad inside a "tie up" … ooooh…it was ever so comfy and almost felt like it helped defy gravity for the poor swollen, tender areas.
    Go for it…he will thank you…and yes..for sure…don't mention anything sour….ouch. ouch! makes me pucker up just thinking of it.

  3. Anita says:

    I never had the mumps… Neither have my kids… Thanfully! I can't imagine a kid keeping this on…
    Hope he feels better soon!

  4. Amy says:

    yes I wondered about that too, can't say my treasures would keep it around their head either 🙂

  5. Scarlett says:

    I was always taught that wrapping the face acted like a compression bandage that reduced the swelling.
    I always put in that ridiculous file category as putting meat on an infection to draw out the poisons.
    Been lurking on your blog for a while and love it immensely.

  6. Grace says:

    I've never known anyone that ever had mumps – do they still do that bandage around the head thing?

  7. Terri Warren says:

    LMAO!!!! Too funny!

  8. Denise says:

    This is a sweet little snippet of a bygone era. Hurrah for vaccines that have practically done away with this scourge. As a child of the 50s, I recall the ache, if not the rag.

  9. Tina says:

    awwe, how cute.

  10. Tina says:

    awwe, how cute.

  11. Oh my goodness! I remember that exact page from a book when I was a child, but which book was it?!?!

    1. Amy B says:

      World Book Encyclopedia series called “Childcraft” the How and Why library. Volume ONE

  12. Mary says:

    It so cute!

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