Strep Throat

  • Infection of the throat caused by group A Streptococcus (strep) bacteria.
  • Many carry the strep bacteria in their nose and throat, without signs of illness.
  • Only about 15% of children who have a sore throat and fever have strep throat.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Children often have sudden onset of fever
  • Red, sore throat and white patches on the tonsils
  • Stomach ache and nausea
  • Headache
  • Swollen glands in neck
  • Muscle/joint pain


  • Spread by direct contact with the saliva or nasal discharge of an infected person.
  • Can also be spread through the air when an infected person talks, coughs or sneezes.


  • There are antibiotics to treat strep throat
  • Drink soothing drinks, and eat soft foods for comfort


  • Teach your child to wash their hands with soap and water, especially after coughing, sneezing or wiping their nose and before eating or preparing food.
  • Teach your child to cover his/her mouth when sneezing or coughing, and not to share food, drink, or eating utensils.

A child should be excluded from daycare/school until 24 hours after antibiotics are started.