Kids Have a Sore Throat When Swallowing?

Kids Have a Sore Throat When Swallowing?

Does Your Child Have A Sore Throat When Swallowing?

What is Viral Versus Bacterial Pharyngitis and What To Do ..

This time of year everyone seems to have a sore throat and congestion. The most common reason kids have some throats is a viral illness, such as a cold or flu. Sometimes a sore throat is caused by dry mouth as when the child is unable to breathe through the nose and breathes through the mouth overnight. Postnasal drip can also cause sore throat. Less often, a sore throat is the result of strep throat (about 10% of the time).

 

Symptoms

The throat may hurt all the time, when swallowing, or when eating or drinking. Younger children often refuse to eat or drink when their throats hurt. Many times, a sore throat is accompanied by a cough, runny nose or congestion. Children may also have nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain, especially in strep throat.

 

A sore throat is the result of strep throat about 10% of the time 

 

Virus versus strep?

Parents often ask how best to tell if a sore throat is strep throat. Here are my tricks for determining strep:

•     Very red throat

•     Sore throat when swallowing

•     Red dots (petechiae) on the throat and roof of the mouth

•     Lots of pus on the tonsils

•     Swollen throat glands

•     No cough

 

Usually when a throat is only red, it is viral.  Similarly, sore throat and cough is rarely a strep throat. Ask your doctor if you are not sure!

 

If your child has a viral pharyngitis, the medicine for sore throat involves lots of fluids, rest, Ibuprofen or Acetaminohen for pain, and honey for children over the age of one. 

 

Best medicine for sore throat

Your doctor can diagnosis strep throat with a rapid strep test or a bacterial culture. If your child does have strep throat, the best thing for sore throat is antibiotics. Antibiotics will speed recovery from the infection, while also minimizing the risks of complications, such as scarlet fever and rheumatic fever.

 

If your child has a viral pharyngitis, the medicine for sore throat involves lots of fluids, rest, Ibuprofen or Acetaminohen for pain, and honey for children over the age of one. Honey is great for speeding recovery from viral infections, as it has excellent antiviral properties. It also soothes the throat. However, children younger than age one should NOT have honey due to the risk of botulism

Dina M. Kulik, MD, FRCPC, PEM

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