Toddler Sore Throat: Causes, Symptoms and Remedies

A sore throat is a cause of much discomfort for a child. Here are some ways to get rid of his pain and irritation naturally.

By Ashwin Dewan  • 6 min read

Toddler Sore Throat: Causes, Symptoms and Remedies

A sore throat is often a sign of another illness like the cold or flu. According to the article, 'When a sore throat is a more serious infection', published in healthy, the most frequent cause of sore throats in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers is a viral infection. This article takes a look what could have caused the sore throat and home remedies to treat it.

Causes, signs and symptoms


Your child’s sore throat may be caused by many factors including the child’s age, the season and even the area where you live. The most common cause of a sore throat is a viral infection such as the common cold or the flu. While viruses are the main cause of a sore throat, it may also be caused by bacteria. The most common bacteria responsible for sore throat is the streptococcus. 

Generally, viruses and bacteria spread from one person to another through hand contact.

Signs and symptoms

The symptoms in a child suffering from a sore throat include:

• Runny nose and congestion

• Redness of the eyes

• Cough

• Hoarseness

• Soreness in the roof of the mouth

• A skin rash

• Diarrhoea

• Fever

• Tiredness

If your child is affected by a streptococcal infection, he may suffer from swollen neck glands and a rash.

How to treat sore throat in toddlers


Remember that, sometimes, simple solutions can work wonders – if your child has a sore throat, she should get ample rest and drink plenty of water. Over-the-counter (OTC) cold medications may contain ingredients that may harm your child. However, you can give your child saltwater nose drops and sprays, antihistamines and cough suppressants as advised by a doctor. 

Home remedies

Apart from medicines, some home remedies can work wonders for your child’s sore throat. These home remedies are not only simple and safe but inexpensive as well. Let us look at some of them:

1) Warm salt water

This is one of the commonest home remedies for sore throat. The pain in the throat is caused by swollen and inflamed cells in the mucous membranes. Salt draws out water, shrinks the swollen cells and eases the pain.

2) Garlic

Garlic can help to relieve a sore throat because it contains allicin, a compound that can kill the bacteria, which causes strep. Garlic fights the germs causing pain and irritation.

3) Cloves

Cloves are known for their pain-killing properties due to the substance eugenol. Eugenol is a natural pain killer with anti-bacterial properties. Chewing on cloves will slowly release the eugenol and numb the pain in your child’s throat.

4) Honey

Honey mixed with tea, or eaten as it is, is an effective home remedy for a sore throat. Honey is a good wound healer and speeds up the healing process.

5) Chamomile tea

Naturally soothing, chamomile tea has been used for soothing a sore throat as well. It is used for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and astringent properties.

6) Fenugreek

Fenugreek can relieve pain and kill bacteria that cause irritation or inflammation. You can give your child fenugreek seeds to chew on or use the oil in cooking. Boil a little water with fenugreek seeds and let your toddler drink the strained water for instant relief from sore throat.

7) Baking soda

Apart from salt water gargle, baking soda mixed with salt water is an effective remedy in curing sore throat in toddlers. Gargling with this solution can kill bacteria and prevent the growth of yeast and fungi.

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