First Aid: Sore Throatenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-FA-SoreThroat-enHD.jpgSore throats are usually caused by viruses. Here's what to do if your child has a sore throat.throat infections, group a streptococci bacteria, sore throats, pharyngitis, inflammation of the pharynx, tonsils, swollen glands, rheumatic fever, acute glomerulonephritis, kidney problems, toxins, scarlet fever, abdominal pain, pus, sinusitis, ear infections, pneumonia, skin infections, impetigo, keeping drinking glasses and utensils clean, antibotic treatment, asymptomatic carriers, gargling with warm salty water, keeping my children healthy, otorhinolarynogology, otolaryngology, ENT, ear nose and throat10/20/200906/21/201809/02/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD06/01/20188e983e67-a2c2-46fe-9310-8f67b2a3e059https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sore-throat-sheet.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/first-aid-guides.html/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-firstaid-enBT.jpg" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a>Sore throats are common at any age and can be one of the first signs of another illness, like a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/">cold</a>, the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/flu-center.html/">flu</a>, or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/mono.html/">mononucleosis</a>&nbsp;(mono). They also can be caused by a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/strep-throat.html/">strep throat</a> infection, although this is rare in children younger than 2 years old.</p> <h3>Signs and Symptoms</h3> <ul> <li>painful throat</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a></li> <li>swollen glands in the neck</li> <li>bad breath</li> <li>scratchiness in the throat</li> <li>redness in the back of the mouth</li> </ul> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>Here are some ways kids can relieve sore throat pain:</p> <ul> <li>sip warm liquids</li> <li>eat cold or frozen liquids (such as ice pops)</li> <li>gargle with saltwater</li> <li>suck on hard candy or throat lozenges (for kids age 4 or older)</li> <li>take <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibuprofen.html/">ibuprofen</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/acetaminophen.html/">acetaminophen</a> as needed</li> </ul> <h3>Get Medical Care if Your Child:</h3> <ul> <li>has trouble swallowing</li> <li>isn't drinking liquids</li> <li>is drooling (in a young child)</li> <li>feels very tired</li> <li>has pus in the back of the throat</li> <li>has a sore throat that lasts longer than a few days</li> </ul> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <p>As with most common illnesses, preventing a sore throat starts with regular <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hand-washing.html/">hand washing</a>. Kids also can avoid sore throats by:</p> <ul> <li>not sharing food utensils and glasses with others</li> <li>avoiding contact with people who have sore throats or cold symptoms</li> </ul>
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CoughingCoughs are a common symptom, but most aren't a sign of a serious condition. Learn about different coughs, how to help your child feel better, and when to call your doctor.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childs-cough.html/68554637-7469-4d09-8ba7-5bb9211fcd47
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Mononucleosis (Mono)It's sometimes called "the kissing disease," but kissing is just one of the ways that someone can catch mono.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/mononucleosis.html/2ce95611-a0cc-4e5c-9306-e916dcebc77c
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Strep Test: RapidA rapid strep test is done to help quickly determine whether a sore throat is caused by a strep infection vs. other germs (usually viruses) that don't require antibiotic treatment.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/test-rapid-strep.html/57134350-ba3f-420a-92e0-734c92e43849
Strep Test: Throat CultureIs your child having a strep test or a throat culture? Find out how these swab tests are performed.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/labtest11.html/6ba312da-1095-40f7-99a4-dd198b7aab12
Strep ThroatStrep throat is a common cause of sore throat in kids and teens. It usually requires treatment with antibiotics, but improves in a few days.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/strep-throat.html/4504e91d-3bbd-4d1a-beb8-516fc25df480
The Flu: Stop the SpreadFollow these tips to help prevent the spread of the flu.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/flu-spread.html/240e4b54-f6fd-4938-aa81-88a652d54e1b
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TonsillitisIf your tonsils get infected, it can make your throat feel very sore. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/tonsillitis.html/25e7a13a-51d0-44b7-ad38-224a93eb3a8a
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