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Throat infections (sore throat and strep throat)
If, for any reason, there is left-over medicine, throw it away.
The streptococcus bacteria causes strep throat. Symptoms
of strep throat include very sore throat, fever, swollen
glands or upset stomach. White spots may appear on your
Your health care provider can give your child a rapid
strep screen (it takes about 30 minutes) or throat culture
to see if the infection is strep throat. An antibiotic will cure
your child’s strep throat.
- If your child is prescribed antibiotics:
- give all the medicine as directed
- get your child a new toothbrush to start using two days
after starting the antibiotics
- keep your child out of school or daycare until she
has been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours
- Give your child plenty of liquids.
- Make sure your child gets plenty of rest.
- Offer your child acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen
(Motrin®, Advil®) for fever or discomfort if needed.
Follow your health care provider’s or the package
- Offer freezer treats, such as Popsicles® and ice cream,
to ease sore throat pain.
- If your child had a throat culture you should receive
the results within three days. Please call the clinic if you
have not been told of her results after three days.
Take your child to an Emergency Department right away if she has trouble swallowing her saliva.
Call your child’s health care provider if your child:
- gets new symptoms you are worried about
- has little energy
- is hard to wake up
- doesn’t want to drink liquids
- has little or lack of urine
- has a fever or throat pain that doesn’t improve in three days
Most sore throats are caused by viruses. With a sore throat,
your child may have a fever and swollen neck glands.
Your child’s tonsils may be covered with white spots.
Antibiotics will not help a viral throat infection. The virus
must run its course. Talk with your health care provider
about over-the-counter medicines that may help your
How to soothe a sore throat
To soothe a viral sore throat, have your child:
- use throat lozenges, if age-appropriate
- take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil)
(Follow your health care provider's or the package
- drink lots of liquids
- gargle with salt water (1/4 teaspoon of salt in
eight ounces of water) three times a day, if age-appropriate