Surely you, the parents, have often encountered a child who wakes up in the middle of the night complaining of a sore throat, an unpleasant sensation that your child experiences every time he swallow saliva, and swallow, and seeks refuge in you to get rid of his/her sore throat.
In the following, you will read about Home remedies for sore throat for toddlers.
What causes sore throat in toddlers?
The cause of a toddler’s sore throat is a simple, uncomplicated sore or scratchy throat that is not a cause for concern, or tonsillitis or strep infection, which will require antibiotic treatment and will be treated by a doctor.
Sore or scratchy throat is not usually a medical emergency, so keep calm and carefully examine your child’s symptoms. If you can, tell your child’s doctor about the symptoms and ask if you need to take your child for a checkup.
The most common causes of sore throat in baby and toddlers
- Common cold
- Hand ,foot and mouth disease
- Strep throat
In what cases is it necessary to take your child to the doctor if he / she has a sore throat?
In the following cases, if your child has a sore throat, it is necessary to take him/her to the doctor:
- In children under three months of age (sore throat symptoms in this age range include:
Refusing to eat
Fussy after eating
- In children over three months of age, if your child has a sore throat with one or more of the following symptoms, take him or her to a doctor for examination.
- Fever above thirty-eight degrees Celsius
- Persistent cough
- Unnatural crying
- Urinary incontinence and dry diaper
- Suspicion of earache
- There is a rash on the hands, mouth, buttocks and torso
The important thing is that if your child has a serious and progressive problem in breathing or swallowing, if your child has drooling, you should take him/her to the nearest medical center without delay.
What home remedies can help relieve your child’s sore throat?
If your child is not one of the groups mentioned above and complains of sore throat, you can use the following home remedies to help relieve him:
Put a cool-mist humidifier in your baby’s room, this moisturizer will facilitate the baby’s breathing and to some extent relieve the symptoms of sore throat.
This dehumidifier makes breathing easier for a child with a stuffy nose.
Remember to keep the dehumidifier out of the reach of children so that they cannot touch, but at a distance where the child can benefit from its effects.
If your child does not recover after a few days, you should consult your pediatrician.
If your baby is three months to a year old, and unable to blow his or her nose, then you should seek help from a suction bulb to drain your baby’s nasal discharge.
The use of saline nasal drops, saline will soften and dilute the secretions and facilitate their suctioning.
- Frozen liquids:
If your child has just started eating solid foods, you can use this method to relieve sore throat.
Give him/her a formula Popsicle or frozen breast milk in an infant Popsicle mold.
These make your baby’s sore throat soft and supple.
Be careful not to get choking symptoms all the time.
- Is it permissible to give honey water to a child?
Avoid giving honey and anything that contains honey, such as honey water, to children, especially under one year of age (some doctors forbid honey under two years of age).
Honey can cause botulism in children under two years of age.
Infant botulism will be very dangerous.
- Keep your baby hydrated so that his/her symptoms improve sooner.
- Can I use OTC medications to relieve a child’s sore throat?
Cold and anti-cough medicines are not recommended for babies.
If you have a child over three months old and the child has a fever, you can use acetaminophen or ibuprofen as prescribed with your doctor’s advice and approval.
Benadryl or Diphenhydramine syrup can only be used for toddlers and older infants if prescribed and approved by a pediatrician.
This drug is contraindicated in infants.
The child recovers from a common cold within seven to ten days at the most. This period may be longer in the case of tonsillitis, strep infection, and Hand-foot-and-mouth syndrome.