Last Friday, my younger one could not go to school and I spent the whole weekend caring for her. At first, I thought she was fighting a cold, when she told me it was hard for her to swallow anything, I knew it was something else. I took her to see her pediatrician and my suspicion was confirmed.
My daughter had strep throat and I want to share a few things about her condition with you.
Strep throat is an infection that is caused by bacteria and leads to a sore throat. However, most sore throats are caused by a virus and are not strep throat. It is hard to tell the difference between strep throat and a sore throat caused by a virus. But there are some clues you can look for such as severe throat pain, fever, swollen glands in the neck, redness on the roof of the mouth, or white patches in the back of the throat.
It seems like children older than five who have strep throat do not usually have a cough, runny nose, or itchy or red eyes. Strep throat is uncommon in very young children, but if they do get it, it can cause a runny or stuffy nose, plus a slight fever. Babies with strep throat might act fussy and not want to eat.
In order to test for the strep throat, the doctor or nurse can run a swab along the back of the child’s throat and test it for the bacteria that cause strep throat. Once the test shows that the child has strep throat, he or she might need antibiotics which can prevent problems that strep throat can sometimes cause.
It can also help to give the child things that are easy to swallow, like tea or soup, or popsicles to suck on. As it can be difficult to swallow, your child might not feel like eating or drinking, but it’s important that he or she gets enough liquids. Gargling with salt water might also help.
My daughter no longer has a sore throat or fever. Although she feels better, she must continue to take the antibiotics as ordered by her doctor. She is also drinking a lot of fluids.
Last night, she wanted to have a tea party which we both enjoyed.
I’m glad your daughter is on the mend. My older son had strep when he was 3 and he missed a few days of preschool. Luckily it never spread to my younger son or my husband and me. My younger son absolutely hates the flavor of most antibiotics and actually made himself physically sick when taking them before, so at least it wasn’t he who needed it!
I am glad she feels better as well, Stephanie, and I have been teaching her about hand washing to avoid the spread of her germs.
I’m glad your daughter is on the mend… and thanks for sharing what to look out for when a child has strep throat. We’ve all been ill over the last few weeks too. Thankfully just colds though!
Kate, it’s so funny, I am caring for patients every day, once it’s my child, I am so emotional. I am glad she is better as well.
I don’t believe I have ever had strep throat, maybe when I was a kid, but not anytime since high school. It doesn’t sound pleasant though!
Myself as well, Diana, sometimes, I feel my kids have everything.
Hope you all feel better soon! Never fun to have a little one not feeling well!
We are, Liz!
I remember having strep a few times when I was in elementary school. It wasn’t very fun at all, but the chance to miss school was a silver lining. Glad to hear she is feeling better!
She is, I remember those elementary school, Elaine when I was sick, I felt like a princess as everyone was caring for me.
Managing strep throat is easier for older kids, but it would be a nightmare for babies! I never had it (thankfully) and only one of my children had a bout with it when he was about 6 years old. Wishing your daughter a speedy recovery and hope she feels better soon!
Thank you, Kristine!
It’s so important for kids to complete their cycle of antibiotics even once they are symptom free! I’m so glad that your little on is feeling better.
She is completing her ABT course and I am glad she is better as well, Nicole!
This article was so helpful, It helped me understand the difference between the normal cold and strep throat. You have given few tips on how to identify the same. thanks again
Glad to hear, Vimal!
I’m glad she’s much better and managed to enjoy her tea. Thankfully I’ve never had strep throat before and hopefully I won’t x
hope you don’t, Rhian. I did my best to cheer up!
I’m glad she is feeling better and thanks for educating us on strep throat. I want some of that yummy cupcakes 🙂
She is fine now, the bundtinis were delicious!
Happy to hear your daughter is feeling better. It’s definitelt useful to know how to identify the different bugs that our kids catch. Thanks for the info!!
Thank you, Steve!
Strep throat is the absolute worst! How fun that you all had a tea party though. Tea always helps my throat!
Tea io me, ts the best remedy for everything, Tonya/
I hope your daughter is feeling better. It breaks my heart to see my little ones sick. Thanks for giving us the info about strep throat – that’s good to know.
She is much better, thanks, Sarah!
I am glad your daughter is starting to feel better. My husband is currently battling strap, after being out in the field in the cold the last week. And I love quality time with the children as well that is so sweet!
Thank you, Jennifer, hope everything goes well for your hubby!
Strep throat is the worst!! When I was younger I used to get it all th time. Thankfully my kids have not had it yet.
It was hard for my daughter as well!
Having a strep throat is a nightmare, I surely know it. Glad to hear your daughter is feeling better! Those cupcakes look scrumptious.
Thank you, Catalina, and the cupcakes were super delicious!
Strep throat is really painful I’ve been that before I’am glad your daughter is okay now ignore eat sweets and more cold drinks to prevent the strep throat
Thank you, Maysz!