Sore throat could be a sign of a bacterial infection like "strep throat" or it could be a viral infection that will self-resolve. If your child has strep throat, it is important that they be treated with antibiotics.
Come to the doctor's office if…
- Your child has a muffled voice.
- Your child is refusing to eat or drink.
- Your child has a sore throat without a cough. Sore throat without a cough is more likely to be strep throat.
- Your child's neck is swollen or stiff.
- Your baby or child is drooling excessively.
- Your child is having difficulty swallowing, breathing, or opening their mouth.
- Your child has a fever of 101° F or higher.