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Pediatric Sore Throat Treatment

Your WellStar pediatrician may prescribe antibiotics if laboratory tests determine that a bacterial infection has caused your child’s illness. If antibiotics are prescribed, ensure that your child takes the full course to help prevent a relapse and to avoid antibiotic resistance.
Treatment of a sore throat may include:

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Motrin® or Advil®) to relieve pain
  • Throat lozenges or hard candy
  • Gargling with warm salt water (one teaspoon of salt per cup of water)
  • Flavored frozen desserts (e.g. Popsicles)
  • Use of a humidifier in your child’s room
  • Lots of liquids to keep your child’s throat lubricated and prevent dehydration

Need Urgent Care?

WellStar’s five urgent care centers in Kennesaw, Marietta (two locations), Smyrna and Woodstock provide immediate care for people 2 years of age and older each day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The centers treat minor emergencies, illnesses and injuries as well as provide sports physicals, X-rays and flu shots.

Which Approach Is Right for You?

Your WellStar pediatrician will help you weigh the benefits of each treatment approach and make a recommendation for the best outcome. You can feel confident your decision will be based on both your input and the expertise and recommendations of an experienced physician.