Sore throat

What can you do if your child has a sore throat? What should you pay special attention to?


The film provides simple advice and guidance on how to keep an eye on your child, what you can do to ease your child's discomfort, and when to call your general practitioner, medical on-call service og  emergency helpline.

​The most important advice if your child has a sore throat

Most children experience having a sore throat. This is often caused by a throat infection. A sore throat can come with a fever, a cough, bad breath and sore muscles and joints. The glands on either side of the neck may also be swollen and sore. Most throat infections are caused by a virus and cannot be treated with antibiotics, such as penicillin, but they go away by themselves after 3-7 days.


  • Make sure that your child drinks plenty of fluids.

  • Give food and drinks that are easy for the child to swallow such as lukewarm tea or cold ice cream.

  • Do not hesitate to give your child paracetamol (such as Panodil® Junior, Pinex®, Arax® Junior or Pamol®) to ease the pain. Follow the instructions on the package.

Call your general practitioner in the daytime. After that, call the medical on-call service or the emergency helpline if your child:​

  • Drools a lot and has difficulty swallowing

  • Finds it hard to open his or her mouth

  • Is not drinking much, and there are more hours than usual between urinating

  • Looks like he or she is struggling to breathe 

  • Is lethargic and tired

  • Has pain when swallowing and a fever that lasts longer than three days without getting better

    Or if you just feel that things are going in the wrong direction, even though you have tried the advice in this guide.​​​

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The most important advice if your child has a sore throat

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