Sore Throat

  • A sore throat does not need any treatment to make it go away. It will get better by itself
  • If your child seems very unwell or has a sore throat and temperature, but no cough, for more than 3 days, he or she should see a doctor or nurse.
  • You do not need to look in your child’s throat. If you have, and you are worried about large tonsils, this is not, by itself, something to be concerned about. However, if your child is having difficulty breathing, or seems very unwell, you should consult your doctor urgently.

How long will it last?

A sore throat typically lasts around 1 week

Do antibiotics help?

After one week, more than three-quarters of those with a sore throat will be better whether they take antibiotics or not. Most (13 out of 14) who take antibiotics will get better just as quickly as if they had not taken them.

This information comes from the “When should I worry leaflet?”