Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Can Babies Get Strep Throat?

Can your young baby get strep throat by interacting with other children, or with infected adults? Mothers and fathers with infants are often concerned about the ease with which certain pathogens can be transmitted from other persons to their little one. It is not different with strep throat.

Strep throat is rare in children under the age of three. That is not to say that they cannot get it but the chances of them developing the condition are low. If you see your child with symptoms of this illness, such as soreness in the throat, or fever, visit a doctor who will be able to correctly diagnose and treat the condition.


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If left untreated, strep throat can predispose your infant to other related conditions such as scarlet fever. If you have someone in your family who is on antibiotics for strep throat, keep them away from the baby until they get better. You should also ensure that they do not share anything with the baby.

The antibodies that babies have continue working for a long time after they emerge from the womb. This helps to protect them from infections. However if your child is coughing, or won’t eat, take them to the doctor as soon as possible.
Source: Mayoclinic.com, "Strep Throat in Infants", http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/strep-throat/AN00949

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