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How Do I Know If My Baby Has Strep Throat
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
With certainty, no.: Strep throat despite being considered a common disease is not as easy to diagnose as one might imagine. While certain physical findings suggest strep, without proper testing even experienced physicians can be fooled by appearance alone. Common symptoms for a toddler with strep are fever, diminished appetite, vomiting, foul odor to the breath, red throat, or pus on the tonsils or red rash--. ...Read more
+strep, fever, and..: There are so called criteria to make diagnosis of such. At least you must have several of the things here such as: fever, multiple joint pain, rash (erythema marginatum), sydenham's chorea (st. Vitus' dance), heart inflammation, ekg changes, high white blood cell count etc...If u have concerns/symptoms, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My throat has been killing me for 2 days, how do I know if I need my tonsils out, or if I have strep throat?
Get seen!: Sore throat can be from many different reasons. Strep is the bacterial infection that doctors treat with antibiotics. Viruses cause many sore throats and there is not quick treatment. It is usually symptomatic treatment with gargles, lozenges, sprays and the like. Strep usually is accompanied by fever and a white covering on the tonsils. Viral infections can be the same. See your pcp. ...Read more
Have it tested: Babies do get strepa disease & it may be more nasal than throat & can be anal sores. The only way to verify is thru teating.A quick test that takes a few minutes is available in many primary care offices.If your baby had a known exposure & is showing symptoms a visit is worthwhile.You do have several days to treat before strep might trigger complications. No fever?No change in behavior? Doubt it. ...Read more
Excessive spitting: Typically babies who have gerd tend to be"spitty babies" who regurgitate their milk right after feedings (and sometimes even an hour or two later!) ongoing regurgitation tends to cause pain, so your baby may cry excessively. Poor weight gain or frequent back arching are also potential symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
White plaques: Thrush is a yeast infection of the mouth. There would be white patches on the sides of the mouth on the mucous membranes, and the roof of the mouth and on the tongue. Many people confuse the whitish coating on the tongue for thrush - it's not. But if there are brighter white patches throughout the mouth and on top, then likely thrush. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
High fever with cold: Influenza typically presents itself as the sudden onset of a very high fever (101-104 degrees), severe cold symptoms with runny nose, cough, body aches. Some children will have decreased appetite due to sore throat. If your child is having these symptoms accompanied with difficulty breathing or your baby seems dehydrated (lethargic with decreased wet diapers), contact your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Two issues: Tonsillitis is a nonspecific term designating the tonsils as inflamed ; may occur with many germs including strep. Strep throat indicates a specific agent streptococcus group a which is easily confirmed with a quick test or culture. While viral tonsillitis requires no abx ; will self heal, strep needs rx to prevent complications ; prevent spread within the community. ...Read more
Look at the picture: Often strepthroat presents as a bad sorethroat, fever, maybe some headaches/achiness, and a nasty looking throat as pictured here. So, if u have these symptoms and your throat is something like this one, likely u have it. Other conditions can do same, so best is to test/prove it by your doc.--simple test in office takes 5min. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There is one way..: ..And that is for your doctor to perform a strep test. No one can tell who has strep and who does not by looking at it. It can hurt, it can be red, there can be pus, fever, swollen glands, and a variety of other symptoms, all with either strep or with viruses. The only way to tell is with a strep test. ...Read more
Two issues: Tonsillitis is a nonspecific term designating the tonsils as inflamed & may occur with many germs including strep. Strep throat indicates a specific agent streptococcus group a which is easily confirmed with a quick test or culture. While viral tonsillitis requires no abx & will self heal, strep needs rx to prevent complications & prevent spread within the community. ...Read more
I have white spots in my throat how do I know if it is mono or just sore throat?I went to my doctor and he said it was not strep and I have no fever.
Could be debris: Some people have "pitted" tonsils that can collect debris or concretions. These areas can get inflamed and cause pain. Also, some viruses can cause ulcers (or little white canker sores) on the tonsils and palate. You may not have strep OR mono, but rather inflamed concretions or a virus. ...Read more
It's rare: Appendicitis is rare in babies, but when it occurs it can cause sustained high fevers, irritability or decreased activity, and vomiting/refusal to eat. Babies with appendicitis are quite ill, and seem much sicker than babies with more ordinary problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sore throat tips: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more
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