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 child's throat.
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.
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:
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 child's symptoms.
To soothe a viral sore throat, have your child:
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic