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Health Tip: Ease the Sting of Strep Throat

(HealthDay News) -- Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes a severe sore throat, which can make swallowing and eating quite painful.

The Nemours Foundation suggests how to soothe the pain of strep throat in children:

  • Offer fluids such as ginger ale or water, but avoid acidic beverages such as orange juice, lemonade or grapefruit juice.

  • Feed your child warm soup.

  • Give your child warm sweetened tea or hot chocolate.

  • Make sure your child finishes any prescription antibiotic.

  • Encourage your child to cover the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Do not share utensils with your child.

  • Ask your child's doctor when he or she can return to school.