Well, it was bound to happen. The kiddo has been sick for probably 3 weeks now. Scratch that. All kids have been sniffling, coughing, sneezing and spreading germs by the millions for weeks now. Do you remember that game from the 80’s Press Your Luck? That’s been me for those 3 weeks now. No Whammy! No Whammy! No Whammy, Stop! Cue the cute little animated whammy moving across the bottom screen. After 3 weeks of sniffling, sneezing and generally what I thought were allergies, the kiddo took a turn for the worse over the weekend. It’s always over the weekend, right? Or in the middle of the night. It’s never during normal working hours. Sigh…..took the kiddo to the doctor today. Doctor, nurse and me all felt pretty certain this was just an allergy flare up but they checked her out nonetheless. This kid had no fever, no white bumps in her throat, nothing to indicate she was sick with strep throat. Imagine our surprise when the test came back that she did have strep throat. So, now I’m here writing up my list of the best remedies for helping a sore throat feel better for kids. Bonus, these also work for adults too. Particularly when a nasty case of the man flu strikes and you have an extra kid to care for in your house too. All of these come together pretty quickly and easily and are fan favorites in my house.
- Frozen pops: Cold liquids work wonders to help soothe a sore throat, but that’s nothing new. But, when I can make frozen pops in 10 minutes, that is a huge win. Have you ever made your own popsicles? I’ve listed out a few of my favorite recipes here. Just don’t give the kiddos the boozy frozen pops, mmmkay? Save those babies for yourself when you’re stuck inside with the kiddo who needs to rest, but is feeling just better enough to be cranky and hyper.
- Chicken soup: What is it about chicken soup that it has magical healing powers? I grew up eating the noodle soups from cans with red and white labels and from a mix in a pouch that had just noodles and no chicken in it. Sadly, both of those are loaded with monosodium glutamate, which gives me wicked headaches. Some of my favorite chicken soups are here, here and here. I love my girl Danielle Walker’s soup because it uses leftover veggies and chicken. I recommend her soup for any potential food sensitivities you may have in your house. The Pioneer Woman makes my second favorite soup. Really, I haven’t yet tried a recipe from her that wasn’t ahh-mazing. Using the frozen egg noodles helps make this easier to make too. The last soup linked, is a John Folse recipe. I love his recipes and his Cajun Encyclopedia is full of fantastic history and recipes. His recipes are not always quick and easy, but if you have the time, they are so worth it.
- Orange juice: I buy the juice fortified with calcium because of dairy allergies in our house. So, not only does my kiddo get plenty of Vitamin C, but also gets calcium too. Just don’t give them too much OJ at once, because stomach and bathroom issues….
- Honey: great for soothing coughs and pediatrician recommended to help coughs, honey is great for soothing sore throats too. Since honey is great for wound healing, it may help those nasty sore throats. Please note, honey is in no way implied to be as effective as antibiotics for treating strep throat.
- Warm salt water: Yep, your grandma was right. Gargling with warm salt water helps break up secretions that may be irritating your throat.
- Carrots: Steamed, roasted or any other way of cooking carrots is a great way to boost your immune system (vitamin A anyone?) and the soft texture of the carrots may help soothe your throat too.
- Ice cream/sorbet: We do sorbet in our house because dairy allergies. Ice cream is great for soothing sore throats and plus, it’s ice cream.
Share any tips you have for soothing sore throats in your family. Cheers!