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First Aid: Sore Throat

First AidSore throats are common at any age and can be one of the first signs of another illness, like a cold, the flu, or mononucleosis. They also can be caused by a strep throat infection, although this is rare in children younger than 2 years old.

Signs and Symptoms

What to Do

Here are some ways kids can relieve sore throat pain:

Seek Medical Care

If Your Child:

Think Prevention!

As with most common illnesses, preventing a sore throat starts with regular hand washing. Kids also can avoid sore throats by:

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014

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