Baby Symptoms & Conditions

Being a new parent means decoding a ton of baby symptoms, from a fever, to excessive crying to strange lumps and bumps. Is it a cold? The flu? Teething? Colic? Gas pain? The Bump is here to help! Try out our symptom finder to see what health conditions baby's symptoms could be signaling. And browse through a ton of articles on everything from baby allergies to yeast diaper rash. Find out what causes any common baby health condition, how to prevent it and how to treat it if baby gets it. We've got a ton of advice and tips from medical experts and from moms and dads who've been through it. So whether it's just a cold, or a sign of asthma, get the scoop on all baby and toddler symptoms and conditions right here at The Bump.

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Sore Throat in Babies

Your toddler can talk -- but she might not be able to tell you she has a sore throat. These are the signs she does, and here’s how to make her feel better fast.

What is a sore throat like for a baby?

It’s not uncommon for your baby or toddler to have a sore throat -- usually she has pain, discomfort or just a raw feeling, especially when she swallows. But it might be hard for her to point it out to you specifically, since she may have difficulty identifying what hurts.

What could be causing my baby’s sore throat?

Just like in adults, the most likely culprit for a baby’s sore throat is a cold or upper respiratory infection. And while it’s less common in children under two, her sore throat might be caused by a strep (bacterial) infection. Usually, strep is accompanied by a fever and head pain, nausea and vomiting, and, in some cases, a rough rash (think: sandpaper).

When should I take my baby to the doctor with a sore throat?

If she develops any of the other telltale signs (fever, rash), bring her in for a test to rule out strep (if she tests positive, she’ll likely be given a course of antibiotics). Otherwise, if her sore throat is affecting her ability to eat, or if it’s partnered with breathing problems, talk to your doc about treatments.

What should I do to treat my baby’s sore throat?

If she’s eating solids, give her soft, smooth foods (think: chicken broth, Popsicles, Jell-O, yogurt and applesauce), since they slide down easily and she’s more likely to want them than stuff that’s rougher. Pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen may also help.

-- Jennifer Shu, MD, pediatrician with Children’s Medical Group P.C. in Atlanta and author of Heading Home With Your Newborn (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2010)

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