NOTES FROM THE DOCTOR
Most children will experience a sore throat many times while growing up. They are rarely serious, and usually will run their course in a week or so. Still, you don't want to ignore your child's discomfort, and it is always possible that a sore throat actually signals something more serious.
The SayAhh! Oral Retractor was created to aid you in your first line of defense: your own examination of your child's throat. It is based on the familiar tools doctors use for this purpose, but significantly improved and re-engineered - by a doctor.
SayAhh! is made of a softer material than traditional "tongue blade" oral retractors, for comfort and protection. Its gentle curve and retraction ridges relax the tongue and control saliva, resulting in a much clearer field of view. It also minimizes the gag reflex, which greatly improves the comfort and general ease of the subject, obviously an especially important feature for children..
A Few Cautions
It is a reality of nature that there is so much variation in human anatomy, including of the mouth and throat, that it is nearly impossible for any single image to truly represent "normal." It is equally true that different mouth and throat maladies can look very similar, even to experienced physicians. This is why doctors use scientific tests to confirm their diagnosis rather than relying on a visual exam alone. They know that even they can be fooled by nature.
It is also why we strongly suggest that you examine your child's throat at a time when you know there is no disease present, so that you will have a clear picture of what is "normal" for them. This is critical when you are later comparing what you see in their throats to the symptoms and indications illustrated on this website and on our printed instruction sheet.
Remember that SayAhh! is an examination aid. It is not designed to be, or intended as, a diagnostic tool. It will help you look, but it cannot tell you what you are seeing.
In any case, you should never attempt a diagnosis based on your examination, but rather observe and report what you see to your physician. Your observations will tell them whether or not a professional visit is called for.