Kids get sick – a lot. It’s how their immune system grows and develops. While natural, parents and guardians are often left to decipher whether their child’s sickness warrants a visit to the doctor or if some rest and watchful waiting should do the trick.
If you suspect your child has strep – as in he or she is experiencing a sore throat, fever and painful swallowing – bring your child in to see a doctor.
“Severe or not, all cases of strep should be seen by a doctor,” advises Liborio LaRussa, MD, Chief, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital. “Recently, we have been seeing a rise in cases of the invasive form of group A strep in children, which can be life-threatening if it’s not caught early and treated right away.”