If your child is suffering from a sore throat, these simple steps can help you care for your child at home:
- An older child can gargle with warm salt water. Put 1 teaspoon of salt in an 8-ounce glass and have your child gargle for a few minutes. This procedure can be done every few hours or as needed for relief of pain.
- You may give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol or Panadol). But do not give your child aspirin because it has been associated with Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious illness.
These few suggestions can help relieve mild sore throat pain. However, contact your doctor immediately if your child experiences any of these more serious symptoms:
- Severe throat pain or drooling.
- Trouble swallowing or breathing.
- Lymph nodes (glands) in the neck that have become big and swollen.
- A fever that lasts more than 48 hours.