Children are more likely to catch strep or sore throat when compared to adults. Like adults, a sore throat in children can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or even allergies.
Kids tend to touch everything and spend more time in communal settings like school. Strep throat is extremely contagious and can quickly spread within a group of children.
If your child has a sore throat, particularly if it is accompanied by other symptoms such as a fever, lack of appetite, or fatigue, it is best to see a healthcare provider for a strep test. If they are positive for strep, they will likely be prescribed antibiotics. If the strep test is negative, the provider may recommend further testing or provide a different diagnosis.
While caring for your child at home, provide them with soft foods that are easy to swallow and lots of liquids to stay hydrated. Don’t force them to eat, but encourage them to take small sips of liquid often. Ensure they get plenty of rest.
Use fever- and pain-reducing medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen as needed. Always be sure to follow the dosing instructions for your child’s age.