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Strep Throat in Babies

strepthroatbabies.jpgStrep throat is an infection caused by group A streptococcus bacteria. While common in children and teens, it is very rare in children under 3, but it can still happen.

Yesterday I began researching strep in babies after the doctor confirmed that my 9 month old had contracted a strep infection. Both she and I were surprised when the rapid result throat culture came back positive.

Strep can be a serious illness if not treated or if the treatment is discontinued to early. It can lead to complications such as arthritis, heart problems, kidney disease, and scarlet fever.

Symptoms of strep in babies include rash, lethargy, fever, and hoarseness. Some babies will refuse to eat or drink from a bottle or breast. They also may have an upset stomach as well or have excess drooling.

If your baby has any of these symptoms, it’s best to get them checked out by a medical professional. If anyone in your family has strep, or you know that others in your community have the infection, it would be wise to ask for a strep culture to be done.

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