Coughs, Colds & Sore Throats
When your child is under the weather, you may wonder if the illness is minor or a cause for concern. If your child shows symptoms like coughing, sneezing or a sore throat, take them into the pediatric cold clinic St Paul relies on.
Viruses are the most common cause of a sore throat. Unlike strep throat, which is treated with antibiotics, viral sore throats cannot. But they can be just as painful as strep throat, so an examination is often required to determine the cause. Take your child to Dakota Pediatrics – the pediatric sore throat clinic St Paul parents depend on – when you’re uncertain. We will examine your child’s neck and throat glands and test for strep if necessary. Typically, a rapid strep test is performed and can give very accurate results in a matter of minutes. However, unlike many other clinics, we also perform a throat culture plate which is checked at 24 and 48 hours. Combing the two tests provides the most accurate testing available and helps avoid unnecessary antibiotic use.
If your child is showing additional symptoms such as coughing, runny nose or congestion, they may have a cold virus or a more serious illness such as influenza. It can be difficult to distinguish the difference, so schedule an appointment at our clinic if you’re unsure. Get the expert pediatric cold treatment St Paul children need when they’re not feeling well. Our nursing staff is always available by phone during business hours and we can usually fit ill patients in the same day without an appointment!