Strep throat

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Strep throat is a throat infection caused by a type of bacteria called streptococci. Learn how you can take care of your child.


Key points

  • The main symptoms of strep throat are fever and sore throat.
  • If you suspect that your child might have strep throat, see a health-care provider for a throat swab.
  • Make sure your child finishes any antibiotics they are prescribed to prevent relapse and complications.
  • Use soft foods, cold drinks and pain medications, if needed, to reduce any pain.
  • Make sure that any other family members or close contacts with similar symptoms see their healthcare provider.
Last updated: June 26th 2023