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Tips And Tricks For Battling Strep Throat

Strep throat is a terrible sickness for anyone, especially children. There is no “cure” for strep throat to completely relieve symptoms. It must be waited out and treated with antibiotics to ensure the condition doesn’t turn into something worse. Yet, the symptoms will often remain until they go away on their own. 

 

Sore throat and tickle of the throat are the most common symptoms of strep throat. Since there is no “cure” for the condition, other methods are used to mitigate the symptoms. Here are some tips and tricks to mitigate the symptoms of strep throat in children.

Use Pain Reliever

Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen cannot eliminate strep throat, but they can help lessen the symptoms. It can help reduce the throat pain and fevers that strep throat is known to spark.

Get Plenty Of Rest

Rest and lots of it has been known to improve symptoms of strep throat quicker. Sleep fights infection. You should be keeping your child at home and in the bed when they are strep-positive until there is no sign of fever and they feel better.

Use Honey

Honey is a great way to soothe a sore throat. Try adding honey into their hot tea or warm water. This will help mitigate their symptoms. It is important to note that honey should never be given to a child younger than 12 months.

Eat Soft Foods

Soft, easy-to-swallow foods are known to ease the symptoms of strep throat. It is important to avoid spicy and acidic foods while you have strep throat. A few foods that are great to eat after being diagnosed with strep throat include:

  • Cereal
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Broths
  • Soups
  • Yogurts
  • Ice Cream
  • Applesauce

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is important with any sickness, but especially important after being diagnosed with strep throat. Liquids help lubricate the sore and scratchy throat that comes with strep throat.

Use A Nasal Spray

Using a saline nasal spray is a great way to add moisture to your throat when suffering from a scratchy throat due to strep. Make sure your child understands how nasal spray works before using it on them. Also, ensure the nasal spray is age-appropriate.

Use A Humidifier

As we stated above, moisture is extremely important for those with strep throat as it creates a dry and scratchy throat. Adding moisture to the air through the use of a humidifier is a great way to ease this discomfort. Make sure the humidifier releases a cool-mist and is cleaned frequently to avoid bacteria build-up.

Gargle Warm Salt Water

If your child is able to gargle, gargling warm salt water several times a day can help reduce the symptoms of strep throat. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of warm water. Ensure that your child knows they must spit out the liquid after gargling.

Stay Away From Irritants

Smoke and other fumes, such as those from paint and cleaning products, can irritate the throat and increase the effects of symptoms of strep throat. Avoid these products, especially since they can also increase the likelihood of secondary infections such as tonsilitis.

 

The symptoms of strep throat are particularly terrible for children and, unfortunately, it is very common and they will probably develop it several times over their childhood. Be prepared and follow these recommended tips when strep throat hits your household.

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