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.
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.