A sore throat is one of the most common concerns among parents of school-aged children.

Here is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about sore throats and their causes. Also included is information about strep throat tests, tonsillitis, how to prevent the spread of germs, and when to call the doctor.

The most frequent cause of sore throat in children is a viral infection. Often it is the first sign of a common cold. Your child may develop a mild fever too.

Viral infections cannot be treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics will not work because they target and fight against bacteria, not viruses.

The body needs to fight the virus on its own. Make sure your child gets plenty of rest and fluids. Viral sore throats usually go away in 3 to 5 days.

If your child has a fever, you can make him more comfortable by reducing his temperature...

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