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About Viral Sore Throats Viral sore throats are common in children. Viral sore throats are caused by a virus. They often occur with cold symptoms and may last several days. Your child may have: ●

cold-type symptoms such as a runny nose, congestion and cough

a red throat

trouble swallowing

a loss of appetite

a fever (temperature over 99.5º F or 37.5º C) sometimes

Some children may also have ear pain

Call the doctor if your child: ●

does not play or will not drink fluids

has worse pain or if the pain does not get better with treatment

has a hard time swallowing or begins or has new drooling

cannot open his mouth wide

has a new rash appear

has pain when trying to move his or her neck

Also call if you have any questions or concerns about how your child looks or feels. Doctor's phone number: (____) _____-_______

©2006-13 P&H Assoc., Inc This handout is for information only and is not meant to replace your doctors advice or treatment.

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About Viral Sore Throats

What you can do Your child’s doctor will talk with you about how to care for your child. Keep in mind that antibiotics will not help a sore throat caused by a virus. Antibiotics only work on germs (bacteria). These are some general tips to help care for your child as he or she heals: ●

Give your child non-aspirin medicine like acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Motrin®) for discomfort or fever. Follow the directions on the box carefully or ask your child’s doctor how much to give. Do not use aspirin or aspirin products. Give your child plenty of cool liquids and soft foods, especially if he or she has a fever. Avoid acidic drinks like orange juice or lemonade that can irritate the throat. If your child is over 5 years of age, throat lozenges, sprays or salt water gargles may be used for throat pain. A cool mist vaporizer may help your child feel more comfortable by keeping the air moist. Never use a hot-water or steam vaporizer.

©2006-13 P&H Assoc., Inc This handout is for information only and is not meant to replace your doctors advice or treatment.

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