Dealing with a sore throat with a toddler is challenging. Many times sore throats are caused by run of the mill viruses that will clear up on their own, but it is important to make sure your toddler doesn’t need antibiotics for an infection such as hand, foot, and mouth or a bacterial case of streptococcus. Contact your doctor to discuss symptoms before deciding on a home remedy, or a visit to the doctor’s office.
According to Dr. Russell Steele, contributing for mothernature.com, inducing saliva is a way to alleviate sore throat. By having a toddler suck on herbal throat lozenges or hard candy will help in reducing pain an wash away waste material generated by inflammation. Some throat lozenges are not safe for children, so make sure to read labels before giving to children.
If the toddler is already dealing with significant discomfort, Dr. Sears suggests using the recommended dosage of Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for your toddler. They can be used together for extreme pain. Aspirin is not safe for children.
Getting out some cold care will also assist with easing sore throats in toddlers. Dr. Steele finds ice cream works wonders for a sore throat. Try to allow cold items to have a chance to come to close to room temperature before serving as sometimes items that are too cold may be uncomfortable on a sore throat. Popsicles, and cold drinks are also good at easing a sore throat. Avoid orange juice for sore throats as it may burn due to acidity. Juices such as pineapple, grapefruit, or tomato may not be good choices. Apple juice is a good option.
According to Dr. Steele, encouraging a toddler with a sore throat to use a bottle while drinking a cool beverage will alleviate a sore throat even more. Due to a bottles ability to wash the back of the throat, a sore throat will be kept wet and soothed. If serving carbonated beverages, allow the carbonation to go flat before serving. Carbonation can also burn the irritated sore throat.
By putting moisture back into the air, dry scratching throats can be eased. Babycenter.com advises to use a cool mist vaporizer or humidifier in the toddler’s bedroom to soothe the throat. Along with adding in some moisture, having a warm drink is also beneficial in soothing sore throats. Dr. Sears suggests some herbal tea with honey or lemon in it. One sure way to help a sore throat, but may be challenging to get your toddler to try, is gargling with warm salt water. According to Dr. Sears, by mixing 1/4 to 1 Tablespoon salt with 8 ounces of warm water works great. Have toddler hold water in mouth and try to gargle with it, or swish it around the mouth.