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Strep Throat Symptoms in Children

It can be difficult to diagnose symptoms of strep throat in children and infants. This is because they don't always have the classic signs of this throat infection. Instead, they may have more uncharacteristic symptoms.
For example, infants younger than one year of age may have:
  • Low-grade fever -- less than or equal to 101ºF (38.3ºC)
  • Decreased appetite
  • Fussiness.
Symptoms of strep throat in children younger than three years old may include:
  • Low-grade fever -- less than or equal to 101ºF (38.3ºC)
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nasal discharge
  • Tender or swollen lymph glands in the neck.
(Click Strep Throat in Children for more detail on the possible symptoms in children and infants. This article provides a complete overview of how this throat infection affects children, including how it is spread, how it is diagnosed, and possible treatment options.)
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