Everyone, including babies and children, sometimes has a laryngitis. Sore throat is very annoying, because swallowing, eating, drinking and even talking can be very painful. As long as your baby does not have a high fever, there is nothing to worry about and it will pass by itself. Of course you can do a number of actions to ease the sore throat in the baby. Read here what you can do at one laryngitis in a baby, when you can go to the doctor and how you can recognize a laryngitis.
Recognizing the laryngitis of a baby
When children can talk they can more easily indicate that they have a sore throat, but with a baby that is of course a lot harder. Therefore, pay attention to the following symptoms:
- Fever (around 38 and 39 degrees)
- More crying
- Not or little drinking
- catch a cold
- Red throat
- Possible stuffed neck glands in the neck
- Possibly red or enlarged tonsils
How does a laryngitis develop?
In most cases, a throat inflammation is caused by a cold virus (about 90%). Sometimes it can also be caused by a bacterium. If that is the case, there must be one antibiotic treatment to be started. If the laryngitis in a baby is caused by a virus, an antibiotic treatment is not necessary.
Inflammation of the throat contagious to baby?
A laryngitis is unfortunately always contagious. This is because in most cases it is caused by a virus and viruses are transmitted to people through air via saliva. Do you have a laryngitis then there is a chance that you transfer it to your baby. To prevent this, it is best to be as hygienic as possible. So wash your hands well, cough or sneeze in a handkerchief and give your baby no kisses. If you are breastfeeding, you can simply continue with this. A strep throat is not transmitted through breast milk.
Can you prevent throat inflammation in your baby?
Unfortunately, there is little that you can do to prevent a laryngitis. The only thing that helps is to ensure good health so that the immune system of your child is good. Only the natural immune system can suppress the virus. This also applies to yourself. If you sleep badly, eat badly and have a lot of stress, you are also more susceptible to viruses.
Relieve sore throat pain
In the first place you can alleviate the pain of a laryngitis in a baby with paracetamol. Take a good look at the leaflet so that you know how much you can give. In addition, you can do the following:
- Let your baby drink regularly, such as cold or warm water
- If your child has difficulty eating, give cold yoghurt or custard
- If your baby or child is old enough, a licorice or cold candy can help keep the throat supple
- Give water ice cream
- Give lots of love and attention so that your baby or child is distracted from the pain
- Provide sufficient rest for your child
- Does your child have a fever? Then make sure he or she can lose the heat: opt for airy clothing. Read more about your baby's fever here.
When to the doctor?
Of course you can always go to the doctor if you worry, but in principle it is not necessary for a 'normal' throat inflammation in a baby. In some cases it is good to contact the GP directly when your child: