Sore Throat in Children and Teens
Sore Throat in Children
Your child can develop a sore throat any time of the year. Although sore throats can occur in children of all ages, a child over the age of three is more prone to sore throats.
The more common causes of sore throat include
bacterial infections, especially strep
irritation from post nasal drip, dry air and tobacco smoke.
Answering the questions below will help you to understand more about sore throat in children, and to decide what to do if your child has one.
Most sore throats will get better without antibiotics or other prescription medications. However, occasionally a sore throat can associated with a more serious health problem.
Does your child have sore throat and any of the following symptoms?
difficulty breathing through the mouth
unusual noise when breathing
inability to speak.
High fever with a sore throat may be caused by a strep or other bacterial infection. Some viral infections, such as mononucleosis, also can cause these symptoms.
Does your child have a high fever (102F or higher)?