Sore Throat in Kids - What You Should Know
- Sore throats in kids are most commonly associated with viral colds/congestion.
Nasal drainage down the throat also causes soreness. Time is likely to
ease symptoms from this cause, as most sore throats associated with viral
colds only last a few days.
Children with fever and sore throat that have
no congestion at all should be evaluated for strep throat as the possible
cause. This is only true about 20% of the time with this scenario, so
that means 80 % of the time the cause will still be a viral condition
for which there is no treatment.
- Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen are good symptom relievers for sore throats.
(See dosage chart.) Warm fluids help some children, others prefer cold
ones. Popsicles help for reluctant drinkers.
- Avoid salty or spicy foods or citrus, as these can make a sore throat feel
worse. It might help to offer soft foods such as mashed potatoes, yogurt,
- Treat cold symptoms as usual, and this may help the sore throat.
- Frequent hand washing is important to prevent spread of illness.
Call your child's health care provider or have your child seen if:
- Your child will not drink at all, and may be dehydrated
- Your child has trouble swallowing and is drooling excessively
- Your child is having difficulty breathing
Sore throat with fever and
- Fever occurs with an itchy spreading rash at the same time
- Fever is higher than 105 or is 100.3-105 for more than 72 hours
- This information did not help and you are concerned