Sore throat and tonsillitis

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A sore throat is usually a symptom of an illness. Learn possible causes, how long it lasts, and how to take care of your child.

Key points

  • Sore throats have many different causes.
  • Most sore throats do not need antibiotics.
  • Take your child to the doctor if your child has a sore throat and is unable to move their neck, is unable to drink or cannot swallow their saliva.
  • You can help your child be more comfortable by giving plenty of liquids, soft foods and pain medicine if needed.
Last updated: June 26th 2023