How should I care for my child if he or she has a sore throat or strep throat?
- Give your child all medication as instructed by the doctor.
- Give your child acetaminophen for fever. Do not give your child aspirin.
- Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids.
- Give your child soft or cold foods (like pudding and milkshakes), which may help ease throat pain.
- Give children over eight years of age warm salt water to gargle (with ¼ teaspoon of salt per glass of water).
- Give your child throat lozenges or hard candy to suck on (if he or she is older than 4 years of age).
Call the doctor if your child has:
- A fever after taking antibiotics for two days
- Increased throat pain
- A hard time breathing
- Skin rash
- Excessive drooling
- Severe headache
- Shortness of breath
- Dark urine, rash, or chest pain (may occur three to four weeks later)
- A sore throat that lasts longer than four days
Questions to ask your child’s doctor about sore throat:
- Should I give my child medication? If so, for how long and how often?
- How should I store the medication? Should I refrigerate it?
- When will my child start to feel better?
- Should I keep my child home from school or daycare?
- Should he or she be limited from certain activities? If so, which ones?
- Are there certain foods or liquids he or she should have, or avoid?
- Which over-the-counter pain relievers do you recommend?
- Which symptoms should I report to you or your office?