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Sniffles, Sore Throat, and Pain - Oh My!

My son Jacob not feeling well...
My son Jacob not feeling well...
Jacob Neff

It's 2 a.m. and your child awakens you not feeling well.  Has this happened to you?  If you're a parent, it most definitely has.  Your child awakens in the night with a fever and complaints of a sore throat.  But how does one judge if it's symptoms of the common cold or something more serious such as Streptococcal pharyngitis/tonsillitis, or in simpler terms, Strep throat.

Common symptoms of Strep throat include a strawberry appearance (red dots) on the tongue, a foul smelling odor to the breath, fever, and occasionally an accompanying rash.  If you notice any of these issues, it's time for a trip to the doctor.

But what if these side effects are not prominent or they aren't there at all.  Watch your child for a day or so and notice the character and behaviors of the child.  Is the child more tired than normal?  Does your child not seem to want to eat?  Only you can know what is normal for your child, so only you can make the decision on whether he or she has a common cold or may be in the beginning stages of something more serious such as Strep throat or Bronchitis.

As with any illness, you should always push plenty of fluids and rest.  Whether there are any prominent symptoms or not, if your child doesn't seem to be feeling well and this lasts for more than a couple of days, it is always best to make a trip to the doctor.  It's always better safe than sorry.  And, afterall, nothing is as precious as the one who calls you "Mommy" or "Daddy".


  • Mike Hatfield 5 years ago

    Thanks...I know that I for one hate to take my kids to the doctor during flu season. If they didn't have something serious before entering they will after sitting in the waiting room for a couple hours. Knowing the symptoms is very helpful. Again thank you!

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