Kids Sore Throat Remedies

Fall and kids colds go together like autumn leaves and schoolbooks, a sign of the season. When a cold comes with a sore throat, however, it can require extra care.

| September/October 2000

Sore Throat Remedy: Echinacea Throat Spray 

Sore throat ranks right up there with earache as one of the most common reasons parents take their children to the doctor. Parents make the trip for two main reasons: to seek a way to ease their child’s pain and to find out if the cause is strep. If the sore throat ­arrived with other symptoms of a cold or the flu, that usually means it’s viral. The discomfort typically will last three or four days and go away without any medical treatment—and antibiotics won’t do a lick of good. But if strep (or one of the rarer bacteria) has caused the illness, your child probably needs antibiotics.

Sore throats of both kinds are quite contagious. The incubation period (the time between exposure and onset of symptoms) takes two to five days, so kids who seem healthy can spread infection.

Types of sore throats

Viral sore throats are often part of the package of a viral respiratory infection. With a cold, a child sniffles, sneezes, coughs, and may complain of a scratchy throat. Hoarseness or laryngitis develops when the voice box, or larynx, becomes inflamed. The sore throat your child may suffer when he has the flu goes along with other hallmarks of that syndrome: muscle aches, cough, headache, fever, and chills. Adenovirus causes flu-like symptoms with sore throat and pinkeye. Infectious mononucleosis—the “mono” that mainly ­afflicts teens and young adults—causes sore throats with fever, extreme malaise, fatigue, poor appetite, and enlarged lymph nodes.

So how do you tell—or at least hazard a guess—whether the cause of a sore throat is viral or bacterial? Runny nose and cough along with a sore throat usually indicate a viral respiratory tract infection. Strep throat, however, is rarely accompanied by these symptoms.

About strep throat

Strep throat, or infection with the Streptococcus pyogenes bacterium, accounts for about 15 percent of all sore throats. During some times of the year, however, up to half of kids’ sore throats may be due to strep. The prime symptoms are sore throat pain that worsens with chewing or swallowing and a fever above 101.3°F. Your child may also complain of headache and stomachache, sometimes with vomiting. An infected throat looks fiery red, and often—but not always—has a whitish crud resembling cottage cheese on the tonsils and back of the throat. The lymph nodes in the sides of the neck are enlarged and tender.

12/21/2014 11:11:04 AM

From early childhood I suffered almost all hear long with respiratory issues and very bad sore throats that moved to the ears and the rest of my body. As a toddler, my first visit to a doctor resulted in my mother having to spend money she could not afford on a large bottle of big pills that did nothing to improve my condition. There were times when the viruses/bacteria/molds etc took such hold of my body that I could barely breathe and was confined to bed, thinking I would dies by choking. When I turned 60 I found help thru a woman who worked in the supplements department of EarthFare, a Greensboro NC health food store. She showed my Colloidal Silver from Mountain Well-Being in Asheville NC (called Sovereign Silver by Natural Immunogenics Corp out of Popano Beach FL). She had me purchase two bottles, one with a spray and one with a nozzle. She indicated that I should use thirty spritzes into my mouth, leave it to soak into the skin before swallowing. Then squirt three squirts into each nostril, holding my head back so that it runs into the sinuses. Swallow any that enters the throat. The hard part was learning to do this at the FIRST SIGN that germs have invaded my throat/nose. I learned that I had to keep the two bottles with me at all times because if I waited too long to spray, the germs would already take hold and I would get sick. I keep two bottles at my work desk, two bottles at my bedside, two at my home desk and two in my purse for "on-the-go". It took a while, but I am age 66 now and I have not had a respiratory/sinus infection take hold in the last three years unless I failed to "CATCH" the germs in time. No Medical Doctor has ever offered anything by PILLS for the lunds and/or surgery (for the sinuses).



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