Emergency Care for a Cough or Sore Throat

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Swedish Medical Center

Coughs and sore throats are very common in children-- especially during flu season. Most times, your child will recover from a cough or sore throat with home care and perhaps a visit to the pediatrician. However, if the cough or sore throat is accompanied by the below symptoms, or he/she has a compromised immune system (due to existing condition), emergency pediatric care may be necessary.

Seek Pediatric Emergency Care If:

The cough or sore throat is accompanied by:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • High fever
    • Higher than 100.4 degrees (children younger than 3 months)
    • Higher than 102.2 degrees (children older than 3 months)
  • Cannot swallow
  • Muffled voice
  • Coughing up blood
  • He/she cannot open his or her mouth completely
  • Swelling on one side of the throat (may indicate tonsil abscess)

Swedish Pediatric Emergency Care