Mommy – My throat hurts!
When you hear this statement, as a parent, you should ask yourself some questions.
- How long has my child been complaining of a sore throat?
- When was the last time that she complained of a sore throat (ie, is this happening often)?
- Is he having difficulty breathing?
- What about swallowing?
- Does she seem to be having a hard time opening her mouth?
- Are there also complaints about joint pain?
- Do one or both of his ears hurt?
- Does she have a rash anywhere on her body?
- Does she have a prolonged fever over 101F?
- Is his voice hoarse? How long has it been like that?
- Does he have any lumps in his neck?
Sore throats are part of life.
The most common cause of a simple sore throat? Viral infection. The solution: Time. Sore throats can be present with a cold or the flu, so, naturally, sore throats are more common in the winter months when upper respiratory infections are more common. Sometimes, sore throats are the result of a bacterial infection and these often require antibiotics in order to be properly resolved. Allergies and environmental conditions can also cause sore throats.
Kids have sore throats more often than teens or adults and that is normal.
Sore throats can be an indicator of something more serious, which is where your parental detective skills come in. Ask yourself the questions at the top of this post … if many of these questions are answered in a positive manner, then you need to call the pediatrician.
Always contact your doctor if your child has a sore throat that is not associated with a virus (ie, begins to resolve within five to seven days), is not due to allergies, or is not caused by environmental conditions.