You may have heard your child complain about scratchiness or difficulty swallowing before - maybe even noticed a rise in temperature and cold-like symptoms, such as sneezing or a runny nose.
If you think your child has a sore throat, but you don’t know where to start, it's time to get down to practicalities.
Causes of Your Child’s Sore Throat
There are many reasons why your child might have a sore throat, but the most common cause is a virus. In fact, viruses cause 70% of sore throats in children between the ages of five and 16. A child’s underdeveloped immune system makes them more susceptible to infections.
With an average of five sore throats a year, children get around twice as many as adults. It doesn’t help that children can pick up viruses from just about anywhere. Even playgrounds can act as hotbeds for bacteria and viruses.
How to Help Your Child Overcome Their Sore Throat
Most children suffering from a sore throat will be better after a week, but there are steps you can take to make the recovery process quicker. For starters, getting plenty of sleep is important for children when they are trying to overcome a sore throat. Unfortunately, getting your child to bed when their throat is giving them trouble may be difficult. To address this problem, it’s crucial to use remedies that can soothe the throat.
Drinking cool water will help calm an irritated throat by keeping it lubricated. Although it may be painful for your child to swallow, keep them from becoming dehydrated as this could lead to further problems.
If you’re looking for a way to help relieve your child’s sore throat, try giving them lozenges. Strepsils 6+ Lozenges have been specifically designed for children - and the strawberry flavoured lozenge will help ease the pain.
The Strepsils lozenges contain no artificial colours and are sugar-free, which means that you don’t have to worry too much about your child’s teeth or it making them hyperactive! Take a look at our guide Sore Throats and Children, which will take you one step closer to getting rid of that meddling sore throat.
Disclaimer: The Strepsils products mentioned in this article are suitable for children above the age of six only. Always read the label.