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How do I know if my baby has strep throat?

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 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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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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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?

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

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How would I know if my baby has strep throat if all I see is the stuffy nose?

How would I know if my baby has strep throat if all I see is the stuffy nose?

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

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Can my baby catch strep throat?

Can my baby catch strep throat?

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

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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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My baby is 7 months and got strep throat. How could that be?

My baby is 7 months and got strep throat.  How could that be?

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

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