Coughs and sore throats often seem like the norm — especially during flu season! In most cases, your child will recover from a cough or sore throat after running its course.

If Your Child Has These Symptoms, Seek Pediatric Emergency Care

Take your child to a pediatric ER if the cough or sore throat is accompanied by:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • High fever
    • Higher than 100.4 degrees for children younger than 3 months old
    • Higher than 102.2 degrees for children older than 3 months old
  • Coughing up blood
  • Inability to swallow
  • Muffled voice
  • Inability to open his or her mouth all the way
  • Significant swelling on one side of the throat, which may indicate an abscess of the tonsil

Our pediatric ER is close to home and able to treat your child's sore throat. The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial strives to beat the national average wait time, so you can get quick access to high-quality, pediatric emergency care.