Little ones can’t always tell you their throats are sore – toddlers may even say their tummy hurts! You might notice that swallowing seems tough, or hear a scratchy sound in their voice. The good news is, you can help them shake it off fast. Scan through these steps for sore throat relief:
- Have them nap and drink, lots. Offer little ones frequent feedings. For toddlers, popsicles are great.
- Turn on a cool-mist humidifier in their room. Moist air can make their throat feel better. Just make sure to clean your humidifier often.
- Call your pediatrician if:
- The pain lasts longer than a few days
- They’ve also got a fever or earache, or find it hard to breathe or swallow. They could have an infection (like strep throat) that needs treatment.
Since sore-throat-causing germs are easily passed on, remember to have everyone at home wash their hands often, and avoid sharing cups, utensils or towels.