How to Tell If Your Two-Month-Old Has a Sore Throat

Your 2-month-old baby can’t talk to tell you what hurts, but she will tell you something’s not right in other ways. A baby with a sore throat will often behave in specific ways as the little one feels the discomfort 3. With careful observation of your baby, you should be able to detect differences in behavior that indicate pain and illness. Learning this information will help you determine whether your baby needs medical attention.

Watch your baby for unusual drooling, which indicates that he could be trying to avoid swallowing, suggests Levine Children’s Hospital 1.

Listen to your little one’s voice to see whether you hear any hoarseness in her coos or cries. Hoarseness does not always accompany a sore throat, but it might be present with this type of discomfort 3.

Note whether your baby is refusing to eat. Babies often respond to a sore throat by not eating normally to avoid swallowing 3.

Shine a flashlight in your little one’s mouth to look at his throat, if possible. An ideal time to check his throat could be when he has his mouth open wide while crying. Look at the back of his throat for redness or white patches that could indicate infection.

Assess any other symptoms your baby might have. If your baby has a viral sore throat, it’s likely that she has other cold symptoms such as nasal congestion or a cough 3. A low-grade fever could accompany a viral sore throat 3. If your baby has a bacterial infection like strep throat, your little one might have a thick runny nose, swollen glands, lack of appetite and fever, states the American Academy of Pediatrics website 2. Children younger than 3 years get strep throat less frequently than older children and adults, according to the Ask Dr. Sears website 3.

Check your baby for a fever. Take your child’s temperature under the arm first to determine whether he has a fever, advises the AAP 4. If your child’s axillary temperature exceeds 99.3 degrees Fahrenheit, your child has a fever, according to Sutter Health 4. Retake your baby's temperature rectally so you have a more accurate temperature reading, advises the AAP.

Call your baby’s physician about the suspected sore throat 3. Report the fever if your baby has a rectal fever higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in conjunction with the possible sore throat 3. Fevers in babies younger than 3 months can be potentially serious, warns the AAP in a Bright Futures parent handout 5.