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Can My Baby Get Rsv From Someone Who Has Strep Throat
No: Impossible unless that person also has an RSV infection. ...Read more
Within the last 7 weeks my 16 month old has had rsv, strep throat, constant green nasal drainage, & is now running temp of 103.2....Is this normal? Causes?
Reevaluation: No it is notnormal. The RSV virus may have lowered his resistence and consequently he develop other symptoms. Presumably, he has had green mucus more than ten days, in which case he should again be seen by the doctor to rule out a bacteril infection such as pnumonia. At the same time you might want to have his gamma globulins checked to make sure he isn't deficient. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
No: You are talking about 2 completely different diseases. Rsv (respiratory syncytial virus) is a respiratory virus which can cause bronchiolitis in babies. Strep throat is caused by a bacteria, group a strep. An antibiotic can treat a bacterial, but not a viral infection. However, both are contagious, so good hygiene is important to minimize spread. ...Read more
Not common: Under a year of age, but can happen. Should have a strep test to confirm. The doctor will calculate the dose based on weight (@ 40mg/kg. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
If my child and I got exposed to strep throat in the daycare, how likely are we to get it within a week?
50/50: Strep is very contagious and the time period from exposure to getting the illness is between 3-7 days and sometimes a little longer. But exposure does not mean he will get it. ...Read more
What is the criteria for a tonsillectomy? How many episodes of strep throat does a child need to get them out?
Yes!!: Strep pyogenes (group a) does not care whether its victim has tonsils or not. Not only can your child get strep throat, but this should be tested for and treated, because without eradication there are post-streptococcal complications like extension of the infection to other areas, or acute rheumatic fever. Get child seen by family doctor. ...Read more
Definitely! There are many strains of RSV and developing immunity to one will not necessarily protect against others. Even receiving synagis (palivizumab) which is pooled antibodies against RSV can't completely eliminate the risk of rsv. Immunity they do have also tends to wane over several months.
The good news is that most RSV infections do not result in hospitalization and act like a simple cold. ...Read more
See below: Most likely an adult who had not already had that strain of RSV (which is less likely), would have cold symptoms or flu like symptoms. Most often, only infants and small children have respiratory difficulty but pneumonias are not impossible - but that would be secondary to the other symptoms. ...Read more
My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference
Vapor vs humidity: A humidifier (fan+filter+water) basically returns moisture to the air after the heating system extracts it. Homes up north have it plumbed into their furnace. In texas, less cold means we may need a separate humidifier. A good humidity range is 35-45% while dry heat can drop it below 20% and aggravate a kids cough. I have humidifiers in my office and home with gauges to monitor the level. ...Read more
Good day, My son is 3 years and sick. He had RSV before throat infection and post nasal drip. Currently I suspect the post nasal and throat infection again. He he coughing during the day but not to much. Problem also worsen at night when he sleep?
Rhinosinusitis: Will cause postnasal drip throat irritation and worse at night. However would also need to think about the possibility of asthma which could also cause a recurring cough worse at night. Outside chance too of reflux as a cause. Best to get a doctor examination here to sort through these possibilities as if remains unclear will be able to order tests/refer to specialists ...Read more
I was around someone who has strep throat will I get in I don't think I've ever had it really worried?
Exposure level: There are illnesses like chickenpox that you can get from breathing common air for 30 minutes in the same room. This is not that type of illness. It can pass in oral mucous, so if exposed to that in some way it is possible. If you develop a sore throat have it tested. If you had little or no direct contact I would quit worrying. ...Read more
From others: Both of the two things you mention are infectious diseases caused by bacteria. You contract these diseases when you have contact with someone or something that has the bacteria on it. This could be a kiss from an infected individual or drinking from the glass of someone who has the infection. TB can be caught by inhaling droplets of the coughing from an infected individual. Always wash hands! ...Read more
Yes: Although there is a common misconception that babies don't get strep, they can and frequently do, especially if there are school age children in the home, or if the child attends daycare. If you think your child has a sore throat, they need to be seen. If they have a positive strep test, they require antibiotics to prevent rheumatic fever. Strep cannot be diagnosed without a strep test or culture. ...Read more
No: Continual pretreatment before proof of infection can only lead to resistance, superinfection and poor care. In addition to complications. ...Read more
Fever, poor appetite: It is very unusual for an infant to get strep throat. However an older child or family member in close contact with your baby has it, it is possible. In most cases, babies with strep throat are very fussy due to the pain, may have a high fever, and decreased appetite. Every now and then babies can have vomiting and rash from strep throat. It is best to contact your doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more
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