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Is it possible for my baby to get strep throat?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Yes: It's rare under age 2 to get strep, but is possible. I've seen a positive strep test in as young as a 4 month old.
Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Although uncommon for babies to be diagnosed with strep throat, certainly anything is possible! strep is generally passed from one victim to another by direct contact or through infected droplets of naso-oral secretions. Most caretakers are cautious around newborns, understanding that these little ones can be at risk. But, if dad--with strep throat--"parked" junior's pacifier in his mouth, well...
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Happens ...however: It is possible for an infant to acquire and be sick from the strep A germ. It is also possible for them to test positive and only be a carrier & never get sick from it. One issue that differs in young infants is the long term effects. Since their immune system is immature, they don't risk development of rheumatic fever like a 5 or 10 year old would. Treatment of carriers is unnecessary.

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A 19-year-old male asked:

Is it possible to get strep throat and cold in the same time.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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I am not entirely : Sure. But having strep throat can give you the symptoms of a common cold as well.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for me to get strep throat from impetigo?

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Dr. Satish Sundar
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Yes in reverse: Strep throat can spred to wounds and sore and contaminate it to cause impetigo. Saliva/cough-hand contact-scratching skin--impetigo.
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Can my baby catch strep throat?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 28 years experience
No: It is very unusual for children less than 2 years to catch strep throat-- not impossible, but unlikely.
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A female asked:

Is it possible to get strep throat while on 2 antibiotics?

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Dr. Jeffrey Levine
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Possible: It is possible if the two antibiotics you are on do not cover group A beta hemolytic strep, but unlikely. The vast majority of throat infections are viral.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get strep throat if you don't have any tonsils?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: Even in the absence of tonsils, you can still get a strep infection.

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