Help for Sore Throats in Children
Is your child complaining of a sore throat? Perhaps they are experiencing hoarseness, discomfort when swallowing or cold-like symptoms such as an elevated temperature.
If you think your child has a throat inflammation and you are unsure about how to help them, see some of our practical ways to treat and alleviate symptoms.
What could be the cause of my child’s sore throat?
There are many possible causes of your child's throat pain. One of the most common causes is a virus. Statistically, about 70% of sore throats in children between the age of 5 and 16 are caused by a virus. The weaker immune system is the reason for the frequency of viral infections.
On average, children are affected about five times a year by sore throats and throat infections - twice as often as adults. In addition to the weaker immune system, children are also exposed to viruses everywhere. Even playgrounds can be a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses.
Possible symptoms of a sore throat in children
There are lots of sore throat symptoms, and throat infection symptoms, from swallowing difficulties to a sudden husky voice.
Other flu-like symptoms that may accompany throat pain:
- Throat problems, such as inflammation (redness and swelling) in your child’s throat – this can even be a sore throat on one side
- Runny nose
- Swollen glands
- A headache
- Muscle aches and pains
How Strepsils can help your child’s sore throat
If you are looking for a way to relieve the sore throat of your child, throat lozenges are a good alternative. Strepsils Children 6+ Lozenges is developed for children and is effective against sore throats.
- Effective sore throat relief for children from 6 years and up
- Two effective antiseptic ingredients to help relieve the discomfort of sore throats
- Sugar free and without artificial colours
Strepsils Children 6+ Lozenges are specially developed to soothe little throats and contain no sugar or artificial colours. The lozenges provide effective relief from a sore throat for children 6 years and over.
What else can help my child’s sore throat?
Children affected by a sore throat should feel much better after a week. However, the recovery can be supported by various measures:
- Affected children should try to get plenty of sleep to give the body enough strength to heal
- Have your child drink plenty of warm or cool liquids to keep their level of body fluids up
Lack of fluid intake can lead to additional problems such as dehydration and headaches
- Get them to breathe through their nose. If they feel their nose is congested, inhaling the steam from a bowl of hot water will help it to clear
- Swallow - it might hurt, but it is one of the best things your child can do because saliva is a natural lubricant, so it helps soothe a sore throat
- Sucking an effective medicated lozenge like Strepsils Children 6+ Lozenges can help provide real and noticeable relief by lubricating the throat lining
- Traditional home remedies such as gargling with salt water, and taking honey (either in a drink or on its own) can also be beneficial
Signs of a severe sore throat in children
If your child starts suffering from any of these symptoms, they may have a severe sore throat:
- Strong pain in the throat
- Inflammation of the throat – if it appears red or swollen
- Pain when swallowing
- Problems speaking
- Strong burning sensation
- Painful scratchy feeling
When to see a doctor
A severe throat can be very painful, so it is important to reassure your child if they feel such pain, as children can become agitated easily. It is also important to check up on them regularly and ensure you are treating their sore throat effectively. You can support your child’s recovery even from sore throats, by following the tips mentioned above. If your child suffers from any of the symptoms listed for more than a few days, or their sore throat suddenly worsens, you should take your child to see their GP.
Strepsils Children 6+ Lozenges. As an antiseptic for the relief of sore throat and its associated pain. Always read the label.
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