When should I call the doctor about my child’s sore throat?

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Call your child’s doctor if:

  • Your child does not smile or show interest in play for at least a few
          minutes during a four-hour period.
  • He begins drooling.
  • He is having more pain on one side of the throat than the other.
  • The pain gets worse or does not get better with treatment.
  • He cannot open his mouth wide.
  • He has a hard time swallowing.
  • His voice becomes muffled.
  • A new rash develops.
  • Neck movement causes pain.
  • He shows signs of dehydration (drying out) such as:

      - No urine in six to eight hours in an infant less than 1 year old
      - No urine in more than eight hours in a child older than 1 year old
      - No tears when crying
      - Sunken eyes
      - Dry lips and mouth
  • You have questions or concerns about how your child looks or feels.

Also, if your child has strep and other family members develop a sore throat or fever, call your doctor.

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Viral Throat Infections

Viral Throat Infections

Aside from strep throat, most sore throats caused by are contagious, viral throat infections that cannot be treated with antibiotics. The most common culprits of a viral throat infection include coxsackievirus, mononucleosis, and ...

the flu. Mononucleosis (mono) is a virus that causes symptoms that can last for weeks or months at a time. Viral throat infections are best treated with rest, liquids and other home remedies. If the sore throat causes you to have trouble breathing or a high fever, or results in spots in the back of your throat, call your doctor.
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