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Can babies get strep throat?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
No: Babies do not develop typical "strep throat, " however, they develop a naso-pharyngitis characterized by fever and purulent nasal discharge.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on situation: Babies who have close exposure to a strep carrier can develop an infection if the back of the nose & upper airway leading to high fever, loss of appetite & sometimes a rash. They can also carry the germ in the same locations without symptoms ir infection. Their tonsils are rather small & less likely to be the main focus of any strep issue until after 2 or so.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Help! can babies get strep throat?

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Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
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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Can my baby catch strep throat?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
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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How do you get strep throat?

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Dr. Jason Black
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
From someone else: Strep throat is a bacterial infection that people usually get from being exposed to another infected individual.

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