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Baby Sore Throat

A sore throat is usually indicative of another sickness. It can be somewhat difficult to determine the actual cause, but careful observation can greatly help. Here are some general guidelines on what to look for based on a particular sickness.

1. Cold
Look for a runny nose or discolored mucus. Also check for nasal congestion or for coughing. If accompanied with a fever cold.

2. Influenza
Some other things to watch out for are: runny nose, cough, diarrhea or vomiting. If the baby exhibits a higher than normal temperature, check for irritability and lack of appetite.

3. Thrush
Thrush, or more often called Candidiasis, is a fungal infection commonly affecting the mouth or genital area. Check for a loss of appetite, irritability and white areas on the tongue.

4. Gingivostomatitis
This condition typically refers to a sore mouth. It is caused by a viral infection and can be very painful for the babies involved. Check for high fever, a loss of appetite, blisters and dehydration.

5. Tonsillitis
This is a condition indicating an inflammation of the tonsils, caused by a viral infection. Observe the tonsils to check for inflammation or for white flecks.

6. Strep Throat
Strep throat is an infection affecting the tonsils or pharynx. A baby suffering from a sore throat needs to be examined by a doctor to be sure of detecting the presence of strep throat. Check for inflamed tonsils, fever, chills, headache or nausea, as those are usually indicative of strep throat.

7. Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD)
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is a viral infection. This sickness is contagious and the virus can usually be transmitted for weeks. Check for fever, a loss of appetite and painful sores on the mouth.

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