Strep is a common childhood bacterial infection, and it is quite contagious until treated.
Please seek medical attention if your child develops the following symptoms or a combination of symptoms:
- Fever over 101℉
- Sore throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Red or swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
- Tiny red spots on the hard or soft palate
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Headache, nausea and vomiting
If your child tests positive for the strep bacteria, the doctor will prescribe antibiotics. Children must stay home from school for at least a full 24 hours after beginning treatment. It is important to treat strep to prevent its spread to other organs and possible inflammatory diseases, such as Rheumatic Fever.
To limit the spread of the bacteria, please teach your children to cover their noses and mouths when coughing or sneezing. Use a tissue or a sleeve. Dispose of tissues and wash hands.
For more information on strep throat, please see http://www.cdc.gov/Features/strepthroat.