Strep throat is something that almost every parent will encounter at some time while their children are young. If you have more than one child, it might even spread throughout your family! Strep throat in children is very common and should be taken seriously, but it’s nothing to freak out over. Let’s review some of the facts you need to know to feel confident batting strep throat in your child.
What is it?
Strep throat is a type of bacterial infection that affects your throat, tonsils, and lymph nodes. Strep throat is highly contagious and thrives in areas where many people are in the same space. That makes schools the perfect breeding ground for these harmful bacteria! Strep throat is painful, but easily treated once it’s diagnosed.
In addition to a sore throat, common strep throat symptoms include:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Body aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
- White or red patches alone the back of the throat
Young children typically have more severe symptoms and their symptoms may even include vomiting and nausea too. You can help manage these symptoms at home by encouraging your child to drink warm tea or warm water with lemon and honey. Children’s Tylenol may offer some relief from the pain, but be sure to consult with their pediatrician for correct dosing information.
When to Seek Treatment
Any time your child is suffering from a sore throat for more than 48 hours or suffering from a sore throat accompanied by any of the symptoms listed above, they should be tested for strep throat. Testing for strep throat is a simple throat swab that is quick and painless for your child. You will receive immediate results after the swab is done and if your child tests positive, treatment can begin right away.
If you need to get your child tested and treated for strep throat, your local urgent care center can help! Urgent care centers are able to provide flexible hours that work with almost any schedule. Urgent care staff see and treat patients in the order they arrive, so even with no appointment, you won’t be waiting for long! Swab testing and treatment for strep throat through an urgent care center is affordable and your insurance should even pay a portion of the cost. If you suspect your child may be suffering from strep throat, keep them home from school to prevent getting any of their classmates sick!