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Soothing A Sore Throat


Soothing a Sore Throat

Most sore throats are caused by viral infections such as the common cold and are generally minor and go away on their own.
To soothe an irritated throat, keep it moist. Sore throats often seem worse in the morning because your throat gets dry overnight. Using a humidifier or vaporizer when sleeping may help. Cold liquids and popsicles can help, as can over the counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
If a sore throat is severe, lasts more than a few days, or is accompanied by a fever of 100.4 or higher and/or swollen glands, your child should see their pediatrician to rule out strep throat. Children with strep throat may also experience nausea, vomiting and stomach discomfort.
If strep throat is confirmed, your child will be started on antibiotics and after 24 hours of taking them, should no longer be contagious. He/she may return to school once they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication and feel well enough to participate in school activities.
As with any contagious illness, hand washing and avoiding those who are ill are the best prevention!
Scoliosis information

Scoliosis screenings will be performed on 5th grade students on Thursday, February 12th. A notice regarding the screenings will be sent home with students prior to that date.
Susan Quigley, RN, NCSN
(Adapted from a National Institutes of Health newsletter)