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Quick reference medical handouts used by Pediatric offices


My Child Has a Sore Throat


Is your child having trouble breathing (struggling for each breath, making grunting noises with each breath, unable to speak or cry because of difficulty breathing)

Yes

Call "911" or go to the nearest emergency room

No

Your child complains of a sore throat and is unable to swallow his or her own saliva (may or may not have drooling) 

Yes

Call your child's
healthcare provider
immediately or go to 
the nearest emergency room

No

Your child has a fever over 105° F (40.2° C) or complains of a stiff neck

Yes

Call your child's
healthcare provider
immediately or go to 
the nearest emergency room

No

Your child is in extreme pain and/or cannot open his or her mouth

Yes

Call your child's
healthcare provider
immediately or go to 
the nearest emergency room

No

Your child appears to be dehydrated (no tears while crying, very dry mouth, no urine for 8 hours Yes
Call your child's
healthcare provider
immediately or go to 
the nearest emergency room

No

When you look inside your child's mouth, the tonsils are bright red, are touching each other or have white pus on them

Yes

Call your child's
healthcare provider

No

Does someone else in the family have a strep throat confirmed by a throat culture or does your child often get strep throat?

Yes

Call your child's
healthcare provider

No

Your child has a sore throat and has any of the following: 
  • Swollen, enlarged and tender (to touch) neck glands
  • Ear pain
  • Bad breath
  • Red, widespread skin rash
  • Loss of appetite to the point of refusing to take even liquids
  • Vomiting
  • Dark urine

Yes

Call your child's
healthcare provider

No

Has your child's sore throat lasted more than two weeks?

Yes

Call your child's
healthcare provider

 

As a reminder, this information should not be relied on as medical advice and is not intended to replace the advice of your child’s pediatrician. Please read our full disclaimer.

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