An infant’s sore throat is often caused by a cold or flu virus. Most viral infections are not treated with medication and go away on their own within seven to 10 days. Fortunately your infant’s discomfort doesn’t have to last that long. Home remedies can help alleviate the pain of a sore throat and make swallowing and sleeping a bit more comfortable.
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Run a humidifier in your baby’s room to add moisture to the air. Dry air may make it difficult for babies to swallow while sleeping. Add a few drops of essential oils such as eucalyptus, sage or thyme; the vapors help sooth a sore throat.
Give your baby a frozen washcloth or frozen breastmilk or formula popsicle to soothe the throat. To prevent choking, monitor the baby while he is sucking on the washcloth or popsicle. This also helps keep the baby hydrated.
Offer as much breast milk or formula as your baby wants. Sucking from the breast or a bottle keeps the back of the throat wet, which may soothe a sore throat. If the baby will not drink warm liquids, try cool liquids to provide relief. Do not give infants under two months additional water as too much water can lead to oral water intoxication.
Honey is often used as a home remedy for sore throats. Never use honey for children under one year of age--it can cause botulism in an infant’s intestinal tract. Over-the- counter cold medications are also not recommended for children under two years of age. Viral infections are highly contagious, so wash your hands and your baby's hands often.