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Can babies get strep throat?

Can babies get strep throat?

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

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Strep Throat (Definition)

It's a throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds rapidly to most antibiotics. There can be a number of other bacteria involved in addition to strep so a regular culture (not just a quick strep ...Read more


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Help! can babies get strep throat?

Help! can babies get strep throat?

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. ...Read more

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Can amoxicillin treat strep throat in an infant? What would be the dosage for a five month old?

Can amoxicillin treat strep throat in an infant? What would be the dosage for a five month old?

Infant strep throat: Strep pharyngitis is less common in children under 1 year, but does occur and can cause disease. If strep pharyngitis is diagnosed in an infant 6-12 months of age, it should be treated. Amoxicillin, in a dose of 40-50 mg/kg is a good choice (assuming there are no drug allergies). ...Read more

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Is it possible for my baby to get strep throat?

Is it possible for my baby to get strep throat?

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... ...Read more

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Can my baby get RSV from someone who is on antibiotics for strep throat?

Can my baby get RSV from someone who is on antibiotics for strep throat?

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

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Can you get strep throat without having a feaver?

Can you get strep throat without having a feaver?

Yes : You don't always have to have a fever with strep throat . If it is a more advanced infection prior to treatment, them fever is more likely. ...Read more

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Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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