How Do You Treat Strep Throat in Babies?


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According to BabyCenter, babies with strep throat are treated using prescription antibiotics. It is important to give a baby the full course of antibiotics even if symptoms are alleviated in a couple of days, as stopping antibiotics early can allow any remaining bacteria to develop a resistance to the antibiotic and create a worse infection. Cold juice or warm fluids such as broth or tea can help to ease pain.

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Pain relievers such as acetaminophen and, in children over 6 months of age, ibuprofen, help to alleviate some pain during treatment for strep throat, according to BabyCenter. Using a cool mist humidifier or vaporizer is also effective in soothing throat soreness.

Strep throat is highly contagious and is transmitted via airborne droplets, according to BabyCenter. Symptoms typically occur two to four days after exposure to the bacteria that causes it, group A streptococcus. Once a baby has strep, it is important that the child is kept home until antibiotics have been administered for at least 24 hours to prevent passing the infection to others. Washing hands regularly and promptly laundering sheets and towels used by the baby help prevent the spread of strep to the baby's caregiver and others within the same household.

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