Pediatric Sore Throat Prevention
Sore throat can be caused by viruses or bacteria that spread from other children or caregivers. Children may also suffer from a sore throat after exposure to second-hand smoke, polluted air, pet dander or other allergens.
Help Reduce Your Child’s Risk of Sore Throat
Avoid catching or passing the viruses and bacteria that cause sore throat:
- Wash hands regularly
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
- If your child has a bacterial infection, keep him out of daycare and away from other children until he/she has been on an antibiotic and fever-free for at least 24 hours.
Tests and Screenings for Pediatric Sore Throat
- Examination of throat, tonsils and glands
- Rapid strep test
- Throat culture