Streptococci: These symptoms have children with an infection
Streptococcal bacteria, which occur in humans naturally in the mouth and throat, in the intestines and in the female genital area. Some strains of Streptococcus are pathogenic.
- There are different streptococcal species. These are distinguished according to various criteria. Particularly significant is the Lancefield classification, that the Streptococcus species in groups A-Q split is.
- Children are most commonly affected by group A Streptococcus. Be transmitted through droplet infection, by coughing or Sneezing.
- Most children are infected at school or Kindergarten with the bacteria. There they come together with other children that carry the pathogen in itself. But also parents and siblings can give the bacteria more.
- In the cold Season, children are infected most often. This is because your immune system is often weakened by the weather, and other infections. Streptococci have then an easy game.
- Note: If someone in your environment, or your child, have a streptococcal infection, you should as a precaution for possible symptoms in their child care.
- The following symptoms suggest an infection with group A Streptococcus for: difficulty swallowing, neck pain, gastrointestinal problems, fever, swollen lymph nodes and ear pain.
- Important: The above symptoms fit not only to a streptococcal infection, but also, for example, to a flu-like infection. In the case of suspected Streptococcus, you should consult a pediatrician. There you get a definite diagnosis.
- Group A Streptococcus can, among other things, the following disorders cause: inflammation of the pharynx, tonsillitis, erysipelas, and scarlet fever.
Treatment of a streptococcal infection
If the infection is treated early, the risk of subsequent disease is very low.
- If the infection is not treated, can occur diseases after a few weeks of serious consequence. Especially the heart and kidneys are at risk then.
- Depending on the Severity of the infection are streptococci, usually with antibiotics treated. Ultimately, the individual disease, which drug is best suited to decide.
- Tip: Arrange with your child's doctor after the treatment, a follow-up. So you can be absolutely sure that your child is not a result of occurrence of diseases.