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shortcake2386 05-04-2012 02:02 PM

sore throat/swollen tonsils
dd is 5.5. when she first said her throat hurt i assumed it was allergies(we all have bad allergies right now) but she's on day 4 of complaining and i looked today and her tonsils are very red and swollen. of course the dr is closed for the day/weekend. should i take her to urgent care? or is there something i can do for her at home?

kirst08 05-04-2012 02:47 PM

Re: sore throat/swollen tonsils
warm water with lemon juice and a little honey might help. but I would guess that she has strep or tonsillitis both are no fun and usually need antibiotics. I would take my kid to urgent care to get some meds...

HeatherlovesCDs 05-04-2012 03:15 PM

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Sounds like she may have strep and need antibiotics. :( We have had it recurrently at our house for 2 years in a row. Ugh! You can safely wait up to 8 days after the onset of symptoms to start treatment for strep. (Told this by our pediatrician and found in research because of our recurrent strep problem.) However, I don't necessarily recommend waiting because she will be uncomfortable until you do. Plus, it is very contagious. The longer she goes without antibiotics, the more likely someone else in your house is going to pick it up.

I would probably take her to an urgent care if it wasn't a huge financial issue, which it isn't for us. But, you can definitely wait till Monday if you want/need to. I would just make sure you call first thing Monday morning and go in that day if you wait.

Sorry she is sick. :(

shortcake2386 05-04-2012 03:54 PM

Re: sore throat/swollen tonsils
we are taking her in now. i forgot about strep:yuck:

escapethevillage 05-04-2012 04:11 PM

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Strep is so brutal. Tonsillitis is too though. I'm glad she's going in.

shortcake2386 05-04-2012 08:41 PM

Re: sore throat/swollen tonsils
she has strep:thumbsup: got her meds and fingers crossed the other 6 kids in the house stay well

HeatherlovesCDs 05-04-2012 09:49 PM

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Glad you took her. Hope she feels better quickly.

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