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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