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In this video, Dr. Huntoon discusses sore throats and what they represent in your child's life. He discusses the reason behind the sore throat and offers an opportunity to keep the sore throat from becoming chronic.
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When a child has a sore throat, the first thing that most parents think of is strep throat.
Although strep is a common childhood infection, it is important to keep in mind that there are a lot of other things that can cause your child to have a sore throat. This includes viral infections that can infect your child's throat, colds and allergies that can cause a sore throat secondary to post-nasal drip, and even reflux.
Understanding Sore Throats
It can help to uncover what might be causing your child's sore throat if you first understand some of the medical terms related to sore throats, including:
Tonsillitis - an inflammation or infection of the tonsils, which can be caused by strep and many viral infections. So while strep throat is a form of tonsillitis, so is mono and other viral infections.
Pharyngitis - an inflammation or infection of the pharynx, the area of the mouth near the tonsils. While most people use the terms tonsillitis and pharyngitis to mean the same thing, with pharyngitis, the inflammation isn't limited to the tonsils. Like tonsillitis, both strep and viruses can cause pharyngitis.
Post-nasal drip - drainage down the back of your throat from a cold, sinus infection, or allergies and which can cause a sore throat without tonsillitis or pharyngitis.
On the other hand, children who have a virus that is causing their sore throat will often have a cough, diarrhea, pink eye, mouth ulcers, hoarse voice or runny nose.
Other Causes of Sore Throats
Irritation, reflux, and other infections can also less commonly cause children to have sore throats.
When Your Child Has a Sore Throat
Symptomatic Sore Throat Treatments
Medicines Two Choices for You
Ideally, your Holistic Chiropractor will be able to treat the underlying cause of your child's sore throat, whether it is strep throat, sinusitis, or allergies. Unfortunately, especially when your child has a viral infection, such as mono, the sore throat will have to get better on its own. Treatment with your Holistic Chiropractor can help increase the speed of recovery by boosting your child’s immune system. There are often some things that you can do until then to help your child feel better though, including:
encouraging your child to drink cool drinks, and avoid acidic drinks (orange juice, lemonade, etc.), which can irritate a sore throat
offering hard candy, or throat lozenges for older kids (remember that these are a choking hazard for younger toddlers and preschool age children though)
encouraging your child to gargle with warm salt water (most kids don't like to do this though)
using a sore throat spray, such as Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray For Kids, which can be given to kids as young as age two years (most kids don't like to use throat sprays either)
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