When a Child’s Sore Throat Gets Worse


What started out as a common sore throat, could warrant a more urgent response and seeing your child’s sore throat becoming worse can be disconcerting. On occasions, one would expect a sore throat to come and go without leaving major problems, but a sore throat can often be the first sign of a cold.

Noticeable white spots, difficulty breathing, and pain when swallowing their own saliva can be signs of more severe health concerns. If your child may be suffering from these symptoms, then it warrants immediate action.

If you are unsure whether or not the symptoms your child is experiencing justify keeping them home and visiting your doctor, then learn more from our guide on the symptoms below.

Persistent symptoms 

In most cases, symptoms will last up to one week. If your child experiences hoarseness persisting longer than one week, it may be time to visit your family doctor.

Look out for these sure signs that your child’s sore throat may be developing into something worse:

  • Difficulty swallowing  and breathing

This is one of the most common symptoms of sore throats - but just because it’s common doesn’t mean it deserves to be overlooked. You’ll notice that swallowing food, liquids, and saliva will become challenging for your child. Also, they may complain about feeling of a lump in their throat or breathlessness might be persistent.

These are symptoms of a sore throat growing worse. In children, they can be more severe and turn into a streptococcal infection. Along with this, a rash could develop over their neck and body. You can verify your child has a rash if the irritation feels like sandpaper.

  • High Fever and Strep

Fevers above 101 Fahrenheit (38.3 Celsius) is a possible sign that you or your child has strep throat. A lower fever may indicate a viral infection and not strep.

If you notice a high body temperature in your child, then consult with your family doctor to remedy the situation.

  • Dehydration

Dehydration is another common symptom of sore throats. Keep your child hydrated by giving them plenty of water to drink throughout the day. Severe dehydration leads to dry mouth and fatigue, which could effectively worsen their symptoms. Staying hydrated also helps soothe a sore throat that could be irritating and bothersome.

A sore throat refers to pain, itchiness, or irritation of the throat. As a result of this, your child may have difficulty swallowing foods and liquids, which could contribute to increased pain as the pain develops.

See your doctor immediately if symptoms include:

  • Earaches
  • Headache
  • Stomach ache
  • Excessive drooling
  • Skin rashes
  • Unusual white spots and patches on the back of their throat
  • Lumps in your child’s throat

Now that you know what you’re looking for, you should be able to identify if your child has a more severe sore throat. It’s always safest to see a doctor for any health problems, so, if you’re unsure about your child’s health, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. For more information, about Strepsils Children 6+ Lozenges, designed to soothe little sore throats and coming in delicious strawberry flavour, click here.