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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Most likely no: The most common bacteria that causes strep throat is called group a streptococcus (gas). It is almost always spread from humans to humans. There have been a small number of research studies which have examined whether dogs can spread gas to humans; the results were conflicting but it is generally believed that if dogs can spread gas to humans it is a very rare occurrence. ...Read more
Many ways: Many people with whom the baby may have been in contact may have carried strep in their throats without being ill, and by touching the baby after their mouths, transmit it to the baby. You may have it in your throat, or baby's dad. ...Read more
Recurring Strep: Greetings. It sounds like your child meets the criteria for tonsillectomy possible adenoidectomy. It would all depend on your ENT doctor's examination. Often times the bacteria live on or within the tonsil itself. Tonsil removal interrupts the lymphatic circle in the back of the mouth that connects to the tongue, adenoids and throat. After removal the bacteria load is decreased as is inflammation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe/not: If it is truly inflamed the procedure is more risky because the structure has dilated blood vessels that bleed easier. If she had an abscess pocket forming in one or both tonsils they would proceed because it would be needed immediately.Most allow the tonsils to settle down to a resting state, which only an exam could determine.The ENT must decide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dosing: Why are you asking? If there are concerns speak with the pharmacist or the prescribing doctor ...Read more
Like a strawberry: Yes, strep infection can produce a red tongue with slightly elevated lighter colored bumps looking like a strawberry. ...Read more
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