With strep throat, your child is likely to have a fever and swollen lymph nodes. They may have a headache, body aches, or a rash. You may see very small, red bumps at the back of your child’s mouth, on the roof of their mouth, or on their tonsils. Their tonsils may be red and swollen.
How do I know if my baby has strep?
For the few infants who develop strep throat, signs and symptoms may include:
- Refusal to breast-feed or drink from a bottle.
- Swollen glands in the neck.
- Red throat or tonsils.
- Occasionally, a fine, red rash on the torso, arms and legs.
How long is strep contagious for?
Strep throat can be contagious for about 2-3 weeks in individuals who are not taking antibiotics. However, individuals who do take antibiotics for strep throat usually are no longer contagious about 24- 48 hours after initiating antibiotic therapy.
What does a strep rash look like on a baby?
The strep bacteria make a toxin (poison) that causes a bright red, bumpy rash. The rash spreads over most of the body and is what gives scarlet fever its name. It often looks like a bad sunburn with fine bumps that may feel rough like sandpaper, and it can itch.
What is the youngest age you can get strep throat?
Can babies get strep throat? Anyone can get strep, including babies and toddlers. But it’s extremely uncommon in very young kids and is much more likely to affect those ages 5 to 15.
How does strep feel?
Strep throat infection
Throat pain that usually comes on quickly. Painful swallowing. Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus. Tiny red spots on the area at the back of the roof of the mouth (soft or hard palate)
What do strep throat spots look like?
You might see white dots or patches in the back of your throat. Your tonsils — the bumps on either side at the back of your throat — might be red and swollen, too. These could be signs of bacterial infection like strep throat or oral thrush, or a viral infection like oral herpes or mononucleosis.
Will strep throat go away on its own?
If you have strep throat—which is caused by bacteria—your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic, such as penicillin. But strep throat goes away on its own in 3 to 7 days with or without antibiotics. Antibiotics may not make you well faster.
When should I take my child to the doctor for a sore throat?
Contact Doctor Within 24 Hours
- Sore throat pain is severe and not better 2 hours after taking ibuprofen.
- Large lymph nodes in the neck.
- Pink rash that’s widespread.
- Sinus pain (not just congestion) around cheekbone or eyes.
- Fever lasts more than 3 days.
- Age less than 2 years old.
How do you get rid of strep throat overnight?
In the meantime, try these tips to relieve symptoms of strep throat:
- Get plenty of rest. Sleep helps your body fight infection. …
- Drink plenty of water. …
- Eat soothing foods. …
- Gargle with warm salt water. …
- Honey. …
- Use a humidifier. …
- Stay away from irritants.