Healthy sore throat soother: frozen blueberries + honey
Lisa's sore throat remedy could double as a lovely snack:
Sore throats are difficult to treat in young children because you don't want to give them cough drops or spray them with Chloraseptic throat spray, even when they have strep. I have found that when my 4-year-old daughter wakes up inconsolable with a sore throat, she will calm down and feel better if I give her some frozen blueberries and a spoonful of honey, which is a natural throat soother. I imagine that other frozen fruits would also work, if they aren't too acidic.
During the day, frozen fruit smoothies (banana, blueberry, yogurt and a spot of juice, milk, or water) can replace meals that are too difficult to get past a sore throat. My children don't like Pedialite popsicles, so we make our own from smoothie ingredients, and they go down well. Finally, hot water with fresh squeezed lemon juice and a spoonful of honey is also a great throat soother.
All great ideas, Lisa. But one thing: I know cold/cough medicines are off-limits for young kids, but Chloraseptic? Isn't it essentially just a temporary numbing agent?