When Your Child Has a Sore Throat
Children frequently develop sore throats either through viral or bacterial infections. As your pediatrician will tell you, it is unwise for her to prescribe antibiotics for a simple throat infection, your child needs to built up a natural immunity to infections, as does the larger community.
Why do children develop sore throats so often?
Bacteria and viruses are the main causes of sore throats in children. Children play physically with other children continually, meaning that infections are easily spread among them.
What does a sore throat in a child look like?
A child with a sore throat will experience pain and irritation in the throat, as well as other symptoms; a runny nose, a congested throat, a fever, a cough and diarrhea. A fever could bring more symptoms with it, like nausea, vomiting, a weak appetite, swollen glands, abdominal pain and headache.
How can you help your child?
A sore throat can make your child feel quite miserable, swallowing can be difficult and painful. Thankfully, there are helpful remedies.
• Sleep helps the young body to heal. Create a snuggly, warm bed that will lure your child to sleep as often as possible.
• Gargling with warm water mixed with salt regularly, every hour or so when awake, can bring comfort and combat congestion. Some herbalists suggest adding turmeric to the salty throat gargle.
• While your child may not be into sipping hot water with apple cider vinegar, adding honey to the mixture could make it palatable. A cider drink can cool an infected throat.
• Plugged up nasal passages can interfere with breathing and also result in the infection staying about longer. A saline spray is a safe way to help keep the nasal passages clear.
• Vitamin C has healing properties when it comes to a cold; adding some lemon and honey to a water is a great way for your child to get the vitamin C she needs without drinking lots of unnecessary sugar.
• A frozen juice bar can provide some relief when a throat is quite irritated and causing pain.
• A healthy homemade soup is just the thing for a child with a sore throat.
• Ginger is known for its reparative properties; your child might like some candy that has ginger in it.
• Set up a humidifier in your child’s room; keeping the air moist in important to healing irritated tissues.
• Make sure that your child is continually drinking fluids.