It is important that your child receive treatment if diagnosed with strep throat. Treatment with antibiotics usually can prevent rheumatic fever. Although it is rare, some children with strep develop rheumatic fever, which causes abnormality of the heart valves and inflammation of the joints. Treatment also will prevent other rare, but possibly serious complications from a strep infection. Also if your child is not treated, or not treated long enough, they may continue to spread the infection to other members of your family and to other children.
Strep throat is a sore throat caused by Streptococcus bacteria. These bacteria are spread through nose and mouth droplets. It is a common illness in children. Most sore throats are caused by viruses and are not treated with antibiotics. Sometimes if your child has a sore throat, they might just need a few days of rest to help them recover. However, other times it might be a bit more serious. If the child is feeling very ill, you can use stick on fever indicators to determine their temperature and see if they need to see a doctor. Any temperature 38 degrees or over, should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. This is why your child should be tested by a doctor before determining the proper treatment. There are loads of places that you can visit if you do want to get your child looked over. However, the easiest thing to do is just call up your local doctor and they can tell you where to go.
The most important thing to remember though (other then wanting to make your child better), is that your child might affect other children, so the best thing to do is to try and take precautions if you can.
These are the precautions to take in an effort to control the spread of this illness in the school environment:
1. Watch your child for signs of a sore throat and other signs of strep, which are headache, fever, stomach ache, swollen and tender neck glands.
2. Ask your doctor to have your child tested for strep throat. If strep is found, your child should receive treatment immediately.
If your child unfortunately does get sick, you must keep them home from school if s/he has:
A fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the past 24 hours (or has taken a fever reducing medication within the past 24 hours).
A cold in the active stages: coughing, running nose, sneezing.
A sore throat and/or swollen neck glands.
An undiagnosed rash or skin eruption.
Vomiting or diarrhea during the past 24 hours.
Head lice that have not been treated.
If you are uncertain if your child might make the other children sick, you should contact the school nurse or your doctor before sending to school. It would be wrong to infect the rest of the students and teachers with your child’s illness.
As you have probably heard, there are a lot of colds and flu around this year. Both respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses have been especially circulating within the schools. This is due to the fact that children tend to spread germs easily and lack of fresh outdoor air. Remember all of these stay healthy tips:
1. Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness.
Wash your hands often — when they are dirty, before eating, after using the restroom and after sneezing into a tissue.
Use soap and warm water and rub your hands together for at least 15 seconds before rinsing and drying. If you haven’t got access to soap and water, another option is to source some hand gel from a Hand Sanitizer Canada company, or from one more local to your home. Hand sanitizer is perfect for when you’re out in public and need to clean your hands.
2. Cough Etiquette
Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands – use a tissue or your elbow. After sneezing, try and wash your hands as soon as possible. This will ensure that any bacteria or germs from your sneeze don’t remain on your hands all day, preventing you from spreading any germs.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. If you do have to touch these areas, try and clean your hands before and after to ensure no germs are being spread around your body.
4. MOST IMPORTANTLY stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading the flu around.
Here is how to tell the difference between a cold and the flu:
Gradual onset of symptoms
Slight body aches
Runny nose, sneezing
Sore throat common
Sudden onset of symptoms
Often severe body aches
Sometimes runny nose, no sneezing
Sore throat uncommon
Some doctors will turn away patients that refuse to be vaccinated to protect their other patients. The biggest concern doctors have with people not being vaccinated is that an unvaccinated child could expose other patients, especially newborns and children too young to be vaccinated yet, to potentially deadly diseases.
By now you have probably heard the rumor that childhood vaccines can cause autism. Lets take a closer look at how this idea came about. In 1998 a British gastroenterologist published a paper in a medical journal theorizing a link between the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine and autism. His research was based on interviews with parents based on TWELVE children!! The press ran away with the story that vaccines cause autism.
Since this global panic, a mercury-based preservative thimerosal has been removed from all vaccines. This was to just to be safe just in case the observed autism was in fact mercury poisoning. Throughout the past decade there have been dozens of studies that have collectively drawn on data from millions of children. These studies have consistently found no connection between vaccines and autism. In 2010 the original British medical journal retracted their original 1998 paper and the UK’s General Medical Council revoked the British gastroenterologist’s medical license.
Although we recommend all children get vaccines as scheduled there are still a few parents that swear that it was in fact vaccines that caused their child’s autism. What do you think? Please share your experiences and thoughts with us.
Vaccination Myth: “Delaying vaccines is safer than following the standard immunization schedule.”
Some parents worry that giving too many vaccines at once can lead to developmental problems. Recently researchers compared kids who received their shots on time with kids whose parents spread them out. They found that those who followed delayed schedules fared the same or not as well on cognitive tests as those who followed the standard schedule. In addition by delaying vaccines, you are giving potentially serious infections a window of opportunity to take hold. Some diseases like tetanus don’t provide any natural immunity. The only way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated.
Vaccination Myth: “Serious diseases like polio have already been eradicated, so there is no need to vaccinate against them.”
While many diseases have been wiped out for the most part in the United States of America, they have not been eradicated around the world. That means you could still be at risk if you go abroad or come into contact with an infected person from overseas. In fact the increase in non-vaccinated immigrants that enter America and the increase in formerly eradicated diseases is not a coincidence. If your kids are not vaccinated, there is a good chance that they could become exposed to some major diseases and suffer like so many people did years ago.
Danish researchers report that children whose mothers had the flu or ran a fever lasting more than a week during pregnancy had an increased risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder. The study analyzed data collected from 97,000 mothers of children born from 1997 through 2003. The children whose mothers specifically reported having the flu during pregnancy had double the risk of being diagnosed with autism before age 3. Children whose mothers had a fever for more than seven days had three times the risk for autism. There was also a small increased risk of autism after the mother’s use of various antibiotics during pregnancy. It also found no association between mothers who reported common respiratory or sinus infections, common colds, urinary tract or genital infections, during pregnancy and autism in their children.