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Signs of Strep Throat in a Toddler

Strep throat is uncommon in children under the age of three; but, on occasion, they do get strep. Unfortunately, there is not one particular sign or symptom that specifically points to strep throat, so a healthcare provider will ask about several possible symptoms.
 
The challenge in identifying the signs of strep throat in a toddler is that, in many cases, they do not have the classic symptoms of strep throat. Instead, they have more uncharacteristic symptoms.
 
For example, a toddler (younger than three years old) may have these symptoms of strep throat:
 
  • Low-grade fever -- less than or equal to 101ºF (38.3ºC)
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nasal discharge
  • Tender or swollen lymph glands in the neck.
     
Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal (stomach) pain can also occur.
 
The symptoms of strep throat usually improve within two to five days. If a toddler has had a sore throat for more than a week, it is typically not the result of strep throat.
 
(For more detail on possible symptoms and signs of strep throat in toddlers, click Strep Throat Symptoms. This article also discusses common and rare symptoms of this infection, and information on how long strep symptoms last.)
 
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