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Upper Respiratory Infections in Children Sore Throat
- Avoid citrus juice.
- Avoid hot and spicy foods.
- Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Try nonprescription sore throat medications:
- Sore throat sprays
- Sore throat gargles
- Sore throat lozenges
- Perform warm salt water gargles several times a day. Mix 1/2 teaspoon (92.5 ml) salt per cup (240 cc) of water.
- Place a vaporizer or nebulizer in the bedroom at night.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- Acetaminophen for pain
PubMed Upper Respiratory Infections in Children References
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- Butler CC, Hood K, Kinnersley P, Robling M, Prout H, Houston H. Predicting the clinical course of suspected acute viral upper respiratory tract infection in children. Fam Pract. 2005 Feb;22(1):92-5. 
- Fahey T, Stocks N, Thomas T. Systematic review of the treatment of upper respiratory tract infection. Arch Dis Child. 1998 Sep;79(3):225-30. 
- Lam TP, Lam KF. Why do family doctors prescribe antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infection? Int J Clin Pract. 2003 Apr;57(3):167-9.