Sore throats are common in childhood and are usually nothing to worry about. Sometimes a child’s tonsils, found at the back of their mouth, will become swollen and painful. This is a common childhood illness called tonsillitis.
Treat at home
Sore throats usually gets better on their own after a few days. Treat by:
- Giving your child paracetamol or ibuprofen to help relieve pain.
- Encouraging your child to drink plenty of fluids.
- You can buy a throat spray which may help with pain. Speak to your local pharmacist.
If symptoms get worse, then it’s time to ask for help. Call 111 or your GP surgery if:
- Your child has white pus-filled spots in their throat.
- Their sore throat is so painful it’s difficult to eat or drink.
The Emergency Department is for life-threatening symptoms. Only call 999 or go to Accident & Emergency if your child’s throat is so swollen and/or painful that it’s difficult for them to:
- Open their mouth