Your Children – Throat Timeline

  • 1 - 3 days

    Sore throats are common and not usually serious. Most children will have at least two or three every year.  Children and teenagers are more likely to get sore throats than adults. Most sore throats in children will clear up within three to seven days without the need for medical treatment.  After a week, 9 in 10 children will be well again.

    Over-the-counter painkillers can usually relieve the symptoms of a sore throat.  However, never give aspirin to children under 16. Ask your pharmacist for advice.  Use your judgement and avoid giving your child hot food or drink that could irritate their throat. Give your child cool, soft food and cool or warm (not hot) drinks.  Older children can suck lozenges, hard sweets, ice cubes or ice lollies.

  • 3 - 7 days

    Most children will be better in 3 to 7 days.   However, if your child still has a sore throat, they can continue to take over-the-counter painkillers. Continue to give cool or warm (not hot) food and drinks. Let older children suck lozenges, hard sweets, ice cubes and ice lollies to ease their symptoms.

  • 14 days

    If your child still has a sore throat after two weeks, they should see a doctor.