Five Tips for Mums: How to Help a Young Child With a Sore Throat
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5 tips for mums: how to help a young child with a sore throatIf your young child complains of a sore throat, there are many ways to make them more comfortable until it goes away. If symptoms do not improve after 48 hours or your child develops other symptoms that concern you, then it is recommended to seek medical attention. Always seek advice from a healthcare professional before administering any medication to your child.
Tips to help a young child with a sore throat
- Keep your child well hydrated – Make sure your young child consumes plenty of fluids, especially water, but also include vegetable juices, broths, or lemon, honey and ginger tea to help soothe a sore throat. Cold liquids or ice blocks may also help, especially for summer months.
- Humidify the air – Dry air due to the weather, heating or air conditioning can cause or aggravate a sore throat. Use humidifiers in your young child’s bedroom and living space to moisten the air.
- Use gargles – If your child is old enough to understand the concept of gargling then make a warm salt water gargle or use a specialised sore throat gargle product to help relieve a painful or irritated throat. Remember that neither of these should be swallowed, and you should always speak with a healthcare professional before providing to children.
- Give your child hard sweets or throat lozenges – For children over five years of age only, lozenges or hard sweets help stimulate saliva and moisten the throat. These are not recommended for children under five years old as they may be a choking hazard.
- If necessary, give your child an analgesic – Talk to your pharmacist or GP about the appropriate analgesic and dosage for your young child to help relieve the symptoms of a sore throat.