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Strep and Its Strange Signs

When your child falls ill, a fever and a swollen, painful throat may be enough to tell you that your child has strep throat. What you may not realize is that strep is actually the bacteria that cause the inflammation and pain in your child’s throat, and according to Dr. Joy Ziegler, a pediatrician from Wakefield, Rhode Island, it can infect and affect other parts of the body, too.

If you see any of these strange signs in your sick child, it is possible that the culprit is actually strep. It is best to see a doctor for a prescription of antibiotics:

 Scarlet Fever

Your child may initially present with symptoms of fever and strep throat, but the latter may not always be present. Red rashes with the texture of sandpaper will appear on the child’s torso, particularly between folds of skin such as the groin or the underarm. The rashes are in fact a reaction to the toxins that are released into the bloodstream by the strep bacteria.

 Strep Impetigo

Your child can get impetigo when there is a break in the skin (such as a cut or a wound) or in the lining of the nose. The strep bacteria invade the body by entering through cuts or open skin or membranes, and cause a rash. You will most likely notice the rash spreading around the mouth and the nose. The rash develops into reddish sores that rupture after a few days. From the ruptured sore develops yellowish crusts.  

Genital Strep

Getting genital strep is common when there is an outbreak of impetigo or strep throat. Children can catch it and spread it to their peers in school. There may be red rashes resembling a pimple, with a whitish coating in the child’s genital area. It may affect the anus as well. If these rashes grow on the anus, the child may complain of having a sore bottom, and may have a hard time moving bowels because of the pain. If the sores are present around the labia and vagina, a female child may also find urinating uncomfortable because of the pain. Some children don’t like wearing underwear as it causes irritation, warmth and pain in the area.  


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What Communicable Illnesses Concern You The Most

Communicable diseases are undeniably deceptive and especially exploitative of children. The transfer of minute microorganisms from one child to another through mucus, saliva, blood and other human wastes is always a possibility. Clearly, anything that is touched by a child from door knobs to play ground facilities can be a source of illnesses that are considered communicable.

Hence, it is important for parents to be aware of these ailments and to take an active role to curb any possible problem that may arise. A simple cold may become more serious like the dreaded pneumonia or bronchitis. Precautionary measures should be made to prevent complications arising from these communicable illnesses.

The most common communicable disease is the common colds. Even if it has gained the moniker, common, parents should be forewarned that such condition if not given prompt care and attention could lead to more serious conditions and even possible fatality. Diseases like sinus and ear infections, asthma and bronchitis are but some of the complications. As it is a viral infection, the illness can be passed from one vulnerable child to the other.

Additionally, gastroenteritis or stomach flu should also worry you. The disease could be bacterial or viral in nature. It can last for up to ten days depending on the severity of the ailment. A human can get it by contact like when foods and drinks are shared and when the utensils used are contaminated. Although it may be considered harmless and self-limiting amongst adults, a child suffering from gastroenteritis easily gets dehydrated and may even suffer from malabsorption of lactose that will necessitate medical treatment.

Another communicable ailment commonly experienced by children is strep throat. This is an illness specifically caused by Group A streptococci bacteria which usually happens during the school year as it is easily passed from one child to another during episodes of sneezing and coughing. Even with just a simple handshake or just clasping of hands, acts which kids especially love to do, the bacteria can simply transfer. A child will surely undergo antibiotic treatment; that is why, if your child suffers from fever, difficulty in swallowing and enlarged lymph nodes, consult your pediatrician. Rheumatic fever and retropharyngeal abscesses, abscess formation in deep tissues are life-threatening conditions that should be avoided by parents.

Pink eye or conjunctivitis also takes a significant spot in the list; the ailment can also be bacterial or viral in nature although, it can also be caused by an allergy. Such inflammation can be easily acquired not because of staring at someone with the condition but because of person-to-person contact through contaminated objects and even water. In order to prevent the disease, children must be taught to wash hands frequently and to avoid touching the eyes especially if the hands are dirty. As for parents with children suffering from conjunctivitis, it is better for the child affected not to attend classes.

Finally, an ailment that has relatively hibernated for a long time but has nonetheless reappeared in the past few months is whooping cough. Whooping cough was a disease thought to be curbed by healthcare professionals because of the introduction of vaccines. However, an outbreak still happened and cases of death were recorded; for this reason, a high-pitched uncontrollable cough should signal you to call your doctor.

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All You Need To Know About Strep Throat

Strep throat is one of the most common disease conditions that school aged children and teens can have. Medically known as streptococcal sore throat, streptococcal pharyngitis and streptococcal tonsillitis, the condition happens when the larynx and tonsils are invaded by the bacteria called streptococcus causing infection.

A child with strep throat will show symptoms like fever, swollen tonsils, sore throat, headache, vomiting, swollen lymph nodes, and have white patches both in the tonsils and throat. Most of the children affected will have generalized body weakness, stomach pain, lack of appetite for food, red rashes, and experience muscle pain.  

A child can have strep throat when he or she is exposed to someone who has the condition. Close contacts like sharing of eating utensils with someone infected, sharing of personal belongings like towels and toothbrushes with someone infected, and when the child is in close encounter to a person with strep throat that sneezes and blows their noses.

Upon seeing these symptoms mentioned, the parents should bring their child to the doctor at once. Physical assessment and rapid strep test help the doctor diagnose the condition. When the doctor finds out that your child has strep throat, he or she will order a 10 day course of oral antibiotics to fight and kill the streptococcus bacteria. Most commonly used antibiotics used as treatment for strep throat are penicillin, cephalosporin, and erythromycin prescribed depending on the severity of the infection.

Although doctors prescribe the medication to be given, parents play a big role in curing the strep throat. Here are some of the ways wherein parents can participate in treating their child’s strep throat.

  • Parents should make sure that there child finishes the entire antibiotic treatment. Antibiotics for strep throat are usually prescribed to be taken for ten days. Usually these antibiotics don’t taste appealing to a child that is why it is important that the parents explain the importance of taking the medicine.
  • The child will have no appetite when affected with strep throat so it is important that parents prepare food that are appealing to the child and does not cause further injury and discomfort to their throats. Soft foods like congee, soups, and broths are recommended. Their drinks should not be too hot or too cold to prevent irritation.
  • Let your child drink plenty of water. This will help flush away the bacteria that are in the throat and it aids in preventing dehydration.
  • Have separate eating utensils for your child until he or she is already cured. Sharing of utensils can pass away the bacteria to other members of the family.
  • Let your child rest. While on strep throat the child should absent from school so that he or she can’t spread the infection to other students. Ample rest can help them regain energy. While at home children might be bored so it is important that they can do activities that do not entail too much energy like reading and doing artwork.

It is very important the child with strep throat should be treated and completes the antibiotic treatment. Failure to do so can lead to re infection and immunity to the antibiotic given. Untreated strep throat can lead to serious conditions like rheumatic fever and acute glumerulonephritis wherein there is presence of protein and blood in the urine.

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