Pharyngitis, Strep, Presumed (Infant/Toddler)
Strep throat is diagnosed with a throat culture. Cultures can be done quickly, while you are waiting at the doctor’s office or in the emergency department. Sometimes the quick test results are unclear or inconclusive. Then the doctor will order a standard throat culture. This test may take up to 2 days for results.
This waiting period may be difficult for both you and your child. The doctor may prescribe medications to treat fever and pain. Because strep throat is very contagious, your child must be confined to the home while waiting for a confirmed diagnosis. Once the diagnosis of strep throat is confirmed, your child will be started on antibiotics immediately.
Medications: The doctor may have prescribed medication to treat pain or fever. Follow the doctor’s instructions for giving these medications to your child. Antibiotics may also be prescribed. Be sure your child finishes all of the antibiotic according to the directions given, even if he or she feels better.
Keep your child at home, away from other people and family members, until a diagnosis is confirmed. Strep throat is very contagious.
Allow your child plenty of time to rest. Try to make your child as comfortable as possible. Some children can be distracted from pain by quiet activities.
Encourage your child to drink liquids. Older children may prefer ice chips, cold drinks, frozen desserts, or popsicles. They may also like warm chicken soup or beverages with lemon and honey. (Don’t give honey to children under 1 year of age.) Do not force your child to eat.
To help prevent catching or spreading infection, wash your hands well with soap and warm water often. Encourage family members and others in the household to wash hands often as well.
as advised by the doctor or our staff. Lab tests will be reviewed, and you will be notified of any new findings that affect your child’s care.
Get Prompt Medical Attention
if any of the following occur:
Fever greater than 100.4°F (38°C)
Continuing or worsening symptoms
Trouble breathing, drinking, or swallowing
Earache or trouble hearing