Strep throat is highly contagious and anyone can get it. But it’s most common in kids aged 5 to 15, especially in late winter and early spring, when they’re more likely to be cooped up in close quarters.
How do I know if my child has strep throat?
- Sore throat, especially when swallowing.
- Bright red, swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus.
- “Strawberry” look to the tongue or tiny red spots on the back roof of the mouth.
- Swollen, tender glands in the neck.
- Headache, irritability or fussiness.
- Sleeping more than usual.
Can an 8 month old get strep throat?
Although strep throat is rare in infants, anyone can get it, including breastfed babies.
Can a 2 year old get a sore throat?
Sore throats are common at any age and can be one of the first signs of another illness, like a cold, the flu, or mononucleosis (mono). They also can be caused by a strep throat infection, although this is rare in children younger than 2 years old.
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.
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)
Can I catch strep throat from my child?
Is Strep Throat Contagious? Strep throat is very contagious. Anybody can get it, but most cases are in school-age kids and teens. Infections are common during the school year when big groups of kids and teens are in close quarters.
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.
Is strep throat worse at night?
Strep throat can cause intense pain that persists throughout the day. However, the pain may worsen at night due to increased postnasal drip or pain-relieving medications wearing off during the night. Other possible symptoms of strep throat include: pain when swallowing.
Can my 7 month old get strep throat?
Strep throat can occur at any age, even during infancy. However, strep throat is most common in school-age children. Children who develop strep throat may have signs and symptoms including: Irritability.
Can I pass sore throat to my baby?
When it comes to visitors, those who have colds or other respiratory illnesses should not hold your newborn. If they do not have a runny nose, sore throat, or cough, it is ok for them to hold your baby, as long as they wash their hands or use alcohol hand gel prior to holding him/her.