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Scarlet Fever Rash
Symptoms in Infants and Toddlers
Return to School
|When to Call Your Doctor|
|Call 911 Now (your child may need an ambulance) If|
|Call Your Doctor Now (night or day) If|
|Call Your Doctor Within 24 Hours (between 9 am and 4 pm) If|
|Call Your Doctor During Weekday Office Hours If|
|Parent Care at Home If|
|HOME CARE ADVICE FOR SORE THROATS|
- Reassurance: Most sore throats are just part of a cold. The presence of a cough, hoarseness or nasal discharge points to a cold as the cause of your child's sore throat.
- Sore Throat Pain Relief:
- Children over age 1 can sip warm chicken broth, apple juice or other warm fluid.
- Children over age 6 can suck on hard candy (e.g., butterscotch) or lollipops.
- Children over age 8 can also gargle warm water with a little table salt or liquid antacid added.
- Medicated throat sprays or lozenges are generally not helpful.
- Pain Medicine: Give acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) or ibuprofen for severe throat discomfort or fever greater than 102° F (39° C).
- Soft Diet: Cold drinks and milk shakes are especially helpful. (Reason: Swollen tonsils can make some solid foods hard to swallow.)
- Your child can return to child care or school after the fever is gone and your child feels well enough to participate in normal activities.
- Children with Strep throat also need to be taking an oral antibiotic for 24 hours before they can return.
- Expected Course: Sore throats with viral illnesses usually last 4 or 5 days.
- Call Your Doctor If:
- Sore throat is the main symptom and lasts over 48 hours
- Sore throat with a cold lasts over 5 days
- Fever lasts over 3 days
- Your child becomes worse
And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the "Call Your Doctor" symptoms.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.
Last Reviewed: 9/15/2011
Last Revised: 8/12/2011
Content Set: Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker
Copyright 1994-2012 Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.