Sore Throat in Children

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Your child can develop a sore throat any time of the year. Although sore throats can occur in children of all ages, a child over the age of three is more prone to sore throats.

The more common causes of sore throat include

  • viral infections

  • bacterial infections, especially strep

  • irritation from post nasal drip, dry air and tobacco smoke.

Answering the questions below will help you to understand more about sore throat in children, and to decide what to do if your child has one.

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Medical Reviewer: Faculty of Harvard Medical School Last Annual Review Date: 2006-06-15T00:00:00-06:00

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