Sore Throat Salt-Water Gargle? How Much Salt???

  1. Hello, I am a school nurse and wanted clarification on exactly how much salt:water ratio we should be using for gargles? Thanks!!
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   Esme12
    I don't know if you ahve a special school policy.....but at home I make my kids witha couple of table spoons per 8oz.
  4. by   schooldistrictnurse
    Believe it or not, I would consider this an OTC which would require a parent signature. I wouldn't do it on my own. (Except if I had a sore throat.)
  5. by   SoldierNurse22
    Salt water gargle.... hmm. I'd probably do what Esme suggested and make sure the kids didn't try to say "salt water gargle" 10 times in a row. Nothing like a pretzel knot of the tongue diagnosis to go along with a sore throat. That'll make your day worse!
  6. by   tictac
    I use about a teaspoon in 4oz of water. I just eyeball it.
  7. by   Flare
    i just eyeball it too. enough salt to cover the botton of the dixie cup, maybe a bit more.
  8. by   100kids
    I just eyeball it too. I used to measure out 1 tsp in a about 4 oz water but now I don't measure it. I always know if their throat really hurts if they're willing to do the salt water gargle.
  9. by   Flare
    Quote from 100kids
    I just eyeball it too. I used to measure out 1 tsp in a about 4 oz water but now I don't measure it. I always know if their throat really hurts if they're willing to do the salt water gargle.
    ha ain't that the truth! especially with the kids that already know what it entails!!

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