Sore Throat In Babies: How To Identify It And Home Remedies You Can Try

Sore Throat In Babies: How To Identify It And Home Remedies You Can Try

3 Nov 2022 | 3 min Read

Reema Shah

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You can tell if your little one has a stuffy nose or even a fever by looking at him/her. However, it can be harder to spot sore throat in babies, since they can’t describe the feeling. Here’s how you can help your little one.

Identifying Your Baby’s Sore Throat

See if your little one’s congestion or cough is also making her throat hurt. It can be difficult to tell for sure what’s ailing your baby, so you’ll need to do a little bit of examination.

Here are some clues that your baby might be suffering from a sore throat:

  • Refuses to eat or drink.
  • Cries or seems to be in pain while swallowing.
  • The glands on the sides of the baby’s neck feel or appear swollen.
  • The back of the baby’s throat looks red or swollen.
  • White spots on the throat or tonsils. 
  • The baby’s breath smells bad.

Home Remedies for Sore Throat in Babies

If your baby’s sore throat seems to make her uncomfortable or is disturbing her and your sleep, here are some remedies. 

  • Use natural vapour patches that help ease the congestion and ease the cold as well. 
  • Use a cool-mist humidifier in your baby’s room or spend some time in the bathroom with your baby by running a steamy shower running in the background, which can help to relieve the throat dryness.
  • Use nasal saline drops. Then use a nasal aspirator to suck the mucus to prevent irritation at the back of the throat.
  • If your baby has started having solid foods, offer small amounts of water.
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To treat your baby’s sore throat vapour patches and saline drops are very effective / Image credit – Canva

Seeking Help For Sore Throat In Babies

If your baby’s sore throat is only accompanied by mild cold symptoms, talk to your paediatrician if the symptoms worsen or if the sore throat is still bothering her after a day.

Some intense symptoms paired with other symptoms might require you to talk to your paediatrician sooner:

  • Fever
  • Noisy breathing
  • Trouble swallowing or not drinking liquids
  • Signs of dehydration
  • Stomach ache
  • Drooling
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Pus in the back of the throat

To treat a sore throat in babies, talking with or seeing the paediatrician can give you peace of mind. You’ll have a better idea about other signs to watch out for that might require a second call or visit.

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