Relieve the Pain of Strep Throat

Sore throats in children are a common complaint, especially during the winter months. A mild sore throat can be caused by low humidity, pollution, smoke and yelling. However, most are caused by a viral infection.

Strep throat is most often caused by the streptococcus bacteria and is common in children between the ages of 4 and 11. The sore throat will usually last about five to seven days. A proper diagnosis is difficult based on symptoms alone. A doctor will take a throat culture (a sample of mucus and fluids from the back of the throat) to determine if the streptococcus bacteria is present.

SYMPTOMS OF STREP THROAT

  • fever of 101 °F or higher,
  • white or yellow coating on the tonsils swollen glands in the neck I
  • difficulty swallowing
  • swollen tonsils and uvula
  • a widespread red rash
  • mild cough and hoarseness
  • headache
  • stomach pain, nausea or vomiting

TREATMENT

It’s important to treat strep throat with antibiotics.

Make sure your child takes all the medication for a full 10 days, or until it’s all gone, to prevent complications.

TIPS FOR RELIEF

  • Give your child plenty of fluids.
  • Feed your child soft foods, such as gelatin, soup, applesauce and Popsicle’s.
  • Have your child gargle with salt water to help relieve the soreness in the throat.
  • Give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help relieve pain and fever symptoms.

 

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