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5 Fun and Natural Ways to Keep Strep Throat at Bay for Kids!

Strep throat is a common bacterial infection that can cause a sore throat, fever, and swollen lymph nodes. If your child is someone who gets recurrent strep throat infections, you know how frustrating it can be. But don't worry, there are natural ways to prevent it from coming back!


First and foremost, good hygiene practices are key to preventing strep throat. This includes washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or elbow when you cough or sneeze, and using hand sanitizer when hand washing isn't possible ¹⁴.


In addition to good hygiene, there are several natural remedies that can help prevent recurrent strep throat infections. Here are some of them:


1. Gargle with salt water: Gargling with salt water can help soothe a sore throat and reduce inflammation. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces of warm water and gargle for 30 seconds ³.


2. Consume raw honey: Raw honey has antibacterial properties that can help fight off strep throat. Add a spoonful of raw honey to your child's tea or let them eat it straight from the jar ³.


3. Drink ginger tea: Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling and inflammation in the throat. Boil a few slices of fresh ginger in water for 10 minutes, strain, and add honey to taste ³.


4. Take probiotics: Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can help boost your child's immune system and fight off infections. You can give your child probiotic supplements or feed them foods that are high in probiotics, such as yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut ³.


5. Get enough sleep: Getting enough sleep is essential for a healthy immune system. Children between the ages of 6 and 12 need 9-12 hours of sleep per night, while teenagers need 8-10 hours of sleep per night ³.


By following these natural remedies and good hygiene practices, you can help prevent recurrent strep throat infections in your child and keep them healthy. Here's to a happy and healthy winter season!

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(2) Why does my child keep getting strep throat? - Nicklaus Children's Hospital. https://www.nicklauschildrens.org/news-events/video-center/why-does-my-child-keep-getting-strep-throat.

(3) Recurring Strep Throat: Causes, Symptoms, & Treatment - Verywell Health. https://www.verywellhealth.com/recurring-strep-throat-5271119.

(4) Know the signs of strep throat in children - Mayo Clinic News Network. https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/know-the-signs-of-strep-throat-in-children/.

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