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Is it possible for my baby to get strep throat?

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Pediatrics 17 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 46 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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Is it possible to get strep throat and cold in the same time.

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I am not entirely : Sure. But having strep throat can give you the symptoms of a common cold as well.
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What are some possible strep throat complications?

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Heart/kidney/brain: Untreated strep can be followed by antibodies that attack your heart/kidney or brain. Rheumatic fever describes the systemic onset of this reaction where the patient is fairly ill & the heart & heart valves are inflamed. If the kidneys are attacked they can weaken & blood pressure goes up.If the brain is attacked you can develop a movement problem.Sometimes the tonsils just abscess & u risk dying.
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There is recent evidence that psoriasis may be related to strep infections of the tonsils. Tonsillectomy may in some cases improve this dermatological problem. Focal tonsillitis has been noted by the Japanese to be related to pustules of the hands and feet.
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Is it possible for me to get strep throat from impetigo?

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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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Help! can babies get strep throat?

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Yes: If you suspect this, get to the pediatrician right away. If at serious risk, go to the E.R.-- chop, hup, wherever is close to you . Good luck.
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Pediatrics 27 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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