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Son was exposed to strep... how worried should I be about him and the baby?

Need a little advice from other "veteran" moms....Due to my husband's schedule and us only having one car, he goes to my neighbor's in the morning and she takes him to school for us (her son goes to the same school). Well, earlier this evening she told my husband that her 2yr old has strep!! I am not sure how long he has had it..but now of course I'm worried that DS1 will get it, and it'll get passed around our family. I'm SUPER concerned, having a 1 week old baby here at home.

So here are my questions.. what symptoms should I be looking out for my oldest? How long is strep contatgeous for (will her son be over the contagious stage by Monday)? And what can I do to protect the baby?

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Old 09-20-2012, 07:37 PM   #2
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Babies very very rarely get strep. But keep nursing and watch for fever.
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Re: Son was exposed to strep... how worried should I be about him and the baby?

Yes the baby is really the least likely one to get it. I'm guessing that fever and sore throat would be the symptoms. I wouldn't treat with antibiotics even if he did get it, though. But that's just me.
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I think after 48 hours of antibiotics, steep isn't contagious anymore. Hopefully your family doesn't get it. I had strep a lot as a kid. I would get white spots on the roof of mouth/ back of throat (in addition to my throat being very red).. HTH!
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Yes the baby is really the least likely one to get it. I'm guessing that fever and sore throat would be the symptoms. I wouldn't treat with antibiotics even if he did get it, though. But that's just me.
Why not?

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Re: Son was exposed to strep... how worried should I be about him and the baby?

We have recurrent strep throat in our family. We've dealt with it for over 2 years now.

The baby is very unlikely to get it. Typical symptoms for your other children (and adults) are high fever, painful throat (usually much more severe than just a sore throat. It's serious pain.), and a lesser known symptom, but very common is stomach upset including vomiting. Babies who get it are especially susceptible to vomiting, but it is common with all children who get strep.

Drs. will tell you it is contagious for 24hrs after starting antibiotics. I extend that to 48hrs. Also, step lives for a long time on surfaces and on toothbrushes. So, I'm very good about disinfecting and changing out toothbrushes after the 24hrs.

I hope you all don't get it, but I don't think the baby will either way.
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We have recurrent strep throat in our family. We've dealt with it for over 2 years now.

The baby is very unlikely to get it. Typical symptoms for your other children (and adults) are high fever, painful throat (usually much more severe than just a sore throat. It's serious pain.), and a lesser known symptom, but very common is stomach upset including vomiting. Babies who get it are especially susceptible to vomiting, but it is common with all children who get strep.

Drs. will tell you it is contagious for 24hrs after starting antibiotics. I extend that to 48hrs. Also, step lives for a long time on surfaces and on toothbrushes. So, I'm very good about disinfecting and changing out toothbrushes after the 24hrs.

I hope you all don't get it, but I don't think the baby will either way.
thanks so much for the input! Yiur opinion, get anti biotics tomorrow, or wait and see?

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Re: Son was exposed to strep... how worried should I be about him and the baby?

Strep is the one thing I would treat with an antibiotic as it can lead to rheumatic fever kidney issues and other heart related problems if it goes to long untreated. Babies rarely get strep.... my ODS used to get strep throat all the time even in the "off" strep seasons.

Symptoms to watch for in your ODS are sore throat fever head aches upset stomach and a muffled sounding voice also what I like to call buffalo breath ( worst smell ever)
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Strep is the one thing I would treat with an antibiotic as it can lead to rheumatic fever kidney issues and other heart related problems if it goes to long untreated. Babies rarely get strep.... my ODS used to get strep throat all the time even in the "off" strep seasons.

Symptoms to watch for in your ODS are sore throat fever head aches upset stomach and a muffled sounding voice also what I like to call buffalo breath ( worst smell ever)
Thanks. I rarely do antibiotics, so hearing someone else who rarely gets them SAY to get them helps.

Should I start asap, or wait for symptoms?

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