Is It Strep? What You Need to Know About Sore Throats! by Dr. Hannah Chow-Johnson
Sore throats are a common complaint in kids. About 70 percent of the time, sore throats are caused by a virus. Antibiotics are not effective at treating a viral illness. Still, at times it’s something more. Does your child have the following?
- a constant sore throat
- stomach aches
These are symptoms of strep throat. There also might be a bright, sunburn-like rash in the throat. You should make an appointment with your pediatrician. If your child does have strep, they are contagious until being on antibiotics for 24 hours. Otherwise, go by comfort level as far as when to return to school.