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Sore Throat FAQs

My child has a sore throat! What does it mean?

  • The most common source of a sore throat is a viral infection. However, there are also a wide variety of conditions that have sore throat as a symptom, such as strep throat, respiratory infections, mono, GERD, allergies, vocal strain, etc. Getting your child checked by a doctor is the best way to determine the correct course of action.

Is there something special I should do to treat my child’s sore throat?

  • Many sore throats can be treated at home by simply drinking plenty of warm fluids, such as teas or soups, honey (if older than one year old) and gargling with warm salt water. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be used to reduce the inflammation and discomfort, as can throat lozenges. Care should be taken to avoid allergens and irritants, such as smoke and chemicals that can make the condition worse.

How do I know if my child has strep throat?

  • The most common symptoms of strep throat are fever, sore throat, a lack of appetite, pain with swallowing, stomach ache, headache and occasional vomiting. Strep throat is usually not associated with cold symptoms, like a runny nose or a significant cough.