As a parent
to a newborn, infant or toddler, you have to go through quite a few challenges in
life to make sure your little one is being brought up healthy and safe.
often said that “when your baby falls sick is when your real test of
Dealing with sore throat in babies has often been categorized
by parents as one of the most challenging of all baby sicknesses.
or sore throat is a condition that is caused by a viral or a bacterial
infection of the throat.
This infection of the throat in babies causes inflammation
on the inside of the baby’s throat and in turn makes swallowing difficult for
in babies also causes itchy throat, irritation and discomfort in general for
This not just leads to fever and excessive crying in the babies but
also makes feeding the little one very difficult.
Symptoms of Sore Throat in Babies
In order to
help your baby deal with sore throat, you must be aware of a few common signs and
symptoms of sore throat in babies.
Below mentioned are a few of the signs and
symptoms of sore throat in babies:
VIDEO: 8 Common Symptoms of Sore Throat in Babies
#1 Baby crying excessively, especially while
One of the
most common signs that your baby has a sore throat is excessive crying while your
baby is being fed.
As mentioned before, since sore throat causes inflammation
of your baby’s throat, it makes swallowing food difficult for the baby. The
baby feels irritation and pain not just while swallowing food but even while
This is very
serious since proper and timely nourishment and food intake for a baby is
really important in the growing days.
Sore throat, in addition to the pains and
irritation makes food intake really difficult for the baby. And a combination
of throat irritation, pain and hunger leads the baby to cry frequently.
#2 Redness of the baby’s throat
your baby’s throat is another common symptom of sore throat in babies.
noticing this symptom can be a bit difficult with newborns since it requires
the baby’s mouth being wide open and have a view of the baby’s throat from the
mouth. With infants and toddlers, it can be comparatively easier for the
parents to notice this.
trying to open your baby’s mouth to have a view of the throat can cause
discomfort in some babies and can leads to your baby crying further or vomiting
in extreme cases.
Further, care has to be taken that your hands are properly
washed and wiped before you touch our baby’s mouth.
It is therefore
recommended, that you let your healthcare professional observe this rather than
trying to do it yourself.
#3 Baby is irritable and restless
generally observed that sore throat in babies causes the baby to be very
restless and generally irritable.
However, a baby being irritable and restless
doesn’t necessarily indicate sore throat in babies.
There could be other
possible reasons for it too such as the baby wanting to sleep, baby being hungry
or feeling sick for reasons other than sore throat.
Regardless, irritability and restlessness in babies is also one of the symptoms of sore throat in
#4 Swollen glands
Most of the
times, when a baby has sore throat, the throat glands of the baby become
Just by looking at your baby’s neck or by touching and feeling you
baby neck, you can feel the throat glands of your baby been swollen.
swollen the throat gland, the more severely your baby is affected by the sore
#5 Bad breath
This is not always
true but in some cases sore throat in babies can cause bad smelling breath of
The medical explanation to this is a combination of accumulation of mucus
in the throat and the improper diet routine of the baby (which affects the
stomach and indirectly causes bad smelling breath).
Fever is the
worst of all symptoms of sore throat in babies. In the majority of cases, even
in adults, sore throat always leads to fever.
Fever, especially in newborns,
infants and toddlers should always be managed with utmost importance and care.
measures are not taken to deal with fever in babies, it only tends to continue
to rise the baby’s body temperature and can cause harm in several different
ways to the baby.
#7 Vomiting and Diarrhoea
This is one
symptom of sore throat which is more common in babies than in adults.
the weak immune system of babies compared to adults, sore throat in babies often
causes vomiting and diarrhoea.
The main cause of vomiting anddiarrhoea is "the
baby feeling sick in general because of sore throat" and "irregular intakes of
food and water" by the baby during the sore throat infection.
Regular cough is another sign and symptom of
sore throat in babies.
Cough can either be dry cough or mucus cough depending
upon the condition of the baby and the cause of the infection.
Common Causes of Sore Throat
There are a variety
of reasons that can cause sore throat in babies. It mostly start with the
little one catching a catching a cold, followed by either a congested chest or
a running nose. This is, in most cases, followed by headaches and muscle pain
One of the
most common causes of sore throat in babies is flu. If your baby has flu, in
most cases the flu tends to cause sore throat in babies. Runny nose or stuff
nose can be a sign that your baby has flu. If the sore throat has been caused
by flu, the common symptoms will include:
Loss of baby appetite
Vomiting and Diarrhea
#2 Viral Infection
serious cause of sore throat in babies is contagious or non-contagious viral
These viral diseases can be spread via the hand, foot or mouth of the
If the sore throat has been caused by a viral infection, common
observable symptoms include:
Red blister and red spots around the baby’s mouth.
Rashes on the baby’s hands and feet.
Red spots or rashes on the baby’s hips and other private parts.
Baby not eating well
common cause of sore throat is a contagious viral disease called Herpangina.
cases when sore throat has been caused by Herpangina, following are the common
Gray and white spots appearing in and around the baby’s mouth.
Loss of appetite
#4 Strep Throat
infection called strep-throat is another cause of sore throat in babies.
following are a few common observable symptoms if the cause of the sore throat is
a bacterial infection, the most prominent symptoms include inflammation and
tonsils in the baby’s throat which is very painful for the baby.
#5 Dust allergies
newborns and infants are normally very sensitive and care should be taken to
protect that from all sorts of allergy causing stuff such as dust, powders,
Allergy causing stuff especially dust is also a common cause of
sore throat in babies.
Treatment of Sore
#1 Antibiotics: Usually doctors do not
prescribe any antibiotics for babies under the age of 2 years. However, depending
upon situation and the baby’s condition, doctors may recommend some antibiotics
for your little one. However, this is only applicable if the cause of the sore
throat is bacterial and not viral.
#2 Keeping protected from allergic stuff: Make
sure you keep your baby protected from everything your baby is allergic to
#3 Keeping hydrated: Since swallowing food is
difficult for the baby with sore throat, make sure to regularly feed your baby small
sips of warm liquids, preferably warm water
#4 Avoid feeding Cold Liquids or Food: Avoid
feeding cold fluids or cold food (such as yogurt) to the baby especially if the
cause of the sore throat is cold and flu.
#5 Pain Reliever Medicine: Depending
on the cause and the condition of your baby, the doctor may prescribe some
pain reliever medicine, if he/she thinks it’s best for the baby.
#6 Feed Honey: You can also try feeding honey to
your little one if they are older than 12 months.
#7 Feed warm
soup: Feed your baby some warm soup. Make sure the soup has more liquid content
than solid. Also make sure that the soup is not too hot.
#8 Allow your baby to rest: Restlessness
and constant crying will lead to exhaustion of your baby. Let your baby rest as
much as possible to give rest to the baby’s voice, throat and body.
#9 Steam to provide relief: You can
also try steaming. Use a steamer with steamer liquid to help your baby relieve
the pain. Steaming will also help sooth your baby’s throat as well as open your
baby’s congested nose.
#10 Keep away
from contagious environment: Avoid taking your baby into any crowded
environment where they can easily catch the infection or other allergies.
Further, try to keep your baby’s surrounding clean and dust free.
Although seeking medical help for the baby is highly advisable at the very first signs observed such as fever, cough or non-stop crying etc., however, medical help is absolutely required for your baby immediately if:
Your baby has high fever especially if it’s a newborn, infant or toddler,
The your little one is having difficulty while breathing,
Your baby is not in-taking food at all,
If you don’t observe an improvement in your baby’s health and it keeps getting worst or stays constant,
If you can see the signs of rheumatic fever such as rash or swelling after strep infection,
If your baby seems very exhausted.
There are times when parents and guardians think that their little one doesn’t require medical help and they’d be able to handle the baby safely by themselves.
However, since newborns and infants are extremely sensitive, the deterioration of health can sometimes more drastic than they’d have expected.
High fevers and extreme sickness, if not taken care of in time, is seen to be fatal for babies in some cases.
Therefore, always seek medical help for your baby’s health situation if you think you’re unable to handle it.
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