Strep A Infections

With Strep A infections rising across the country the Early Years Alliance has shared with us some information to share with parents including symptoms and what to do if you suspect your child may have Strep A.

What is Strep A?

Strep A is a bacteria that is sometimes found in the throat or on the skin that can cause a range of illnesses, including strep throat and impetigo. Strep A can also cause scarlet fever, as well as a much rarer illness called invasive Group A Strep (iGAS).

What is scarlet fever?

Scarlet fever is a contagious infection that mostly affects young children. It is usually mild and can be treated with antibiotics but spreads very easily. The symptoms of scarlet fever are a sore throat, headache and high temperature along with a fine body rash with a sandpapery feel.

You should contact NHS 111 or your GP if:

  • Your child is getting worse
  • Your child is feeding or eating much less than normal
  • Your child has had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more or shows other signs of dehydration
  • Your baby is under three months and has a temperature of 38°C, or is older than three months and has a temperature of 39°C or higher
  • Your baby feels hotter than usual when you touch their back or chest, or feels sweaty
  • Your child is very tired or irritable

You should contact 999 or go to A&E if:

  • Your child is having difficulty breathing – you may notice grunting noises or their tummy sucking under their ribs
  • There are pauses when your child breathes
  • Your child’s skin, tongue or lips are blue
  • Your child is floppy and will not wake up or stay awake

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NOTE: Our nursery practitioners are not qualified to diagnose or confirm childhood illnesses or infections, please seek medical advice if you have any concerns.

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