Molly DeWitt

My name is Molly DeWitt and I’m a 30-something first-time mom navigating the joys and pitfalls of parenthood, working full-time, and living life as a military spouse. A California girl at heart, I will always call the golden state my home but I have learned to appreciate the “finer” things about life in the south including sweet tea, the courtesies of “Sir” and “Ma’am” and rainy summer nights.I met my husband, a Marine, while living in California. Ten years later here we are in North Carolina, by way of Virginia.I graduated from UNCW with my BA professional writing in 2008 and put that to good use for several years as a reporter for The Daily News here in Jacksonville. Following my departure from the newspaper I began work as an Early Head Start Home Visitor with the Onslow County Partnership for Children. I love what I do and am gratified daily as I work to help local families achieve their goals and raise healthy, happy children who are ready to succeed in life. In June 2011 my husband and I welcomed our first child, Emmett. He keeps us on our toes and provides us endless laughter and joy. Welcome to my world; I look forward to stretching my writing muscles and sharing the highs, lows, and all things ridiculous that happen in between.


A Tale Of Strep Throat

Who needs strep throat when you have cupcakes?

Last week Sayle had a runny nose and was coughing a bit, but that was not going to keep us from taking the opportunity to have a great Father’s Day weekend with my family. We were going to my grandfather’s house, otherwise known as; “Camp Yes,” since it’s basically a kids haven including a huge pond, fishing, bugs, frogs, mud, tractors, golf carts, and huge acreage to run all over. Not to mention, one set of the many grandparents who spoil Sayle rotten. Runny nose and coughing-pfffft-whatever!

Saturday was filled with all kinds of fun which resulted in a slight fever on top of the coughing and runny nose. Sayle was irritable, started to be sluggish, and somewhat clingy to me. I didn’t think anything of it as he had played hard all day and didn’t get much of a nap.

Around 4 am, Sayle started fussing, and then we heard the WORST noise you can ever hear from your child in the middle of the night… vomiting. We cleaned Sayle up, changed his pajamas and sheets, but he still ended up in bed with us. (Side note: why do vomiting children always end up in bed with their parents? How is that ever remotely a good idea?) Of course, Sayle vomited again- all over our bed this time. After jumping up and running Sayle to the bathroom (find the closest floor that doesn’t have carpet), my husband ended up with throw up all down his bare back.

Fortunately, Sayle woke up Sunday morning perkier than we expected. He didn’t eat or drink much, but he still played even though we kept him more “contained” compared to the day before By the time we left, he was exhausted. He slept most of the way home and when he woke up he kept screaming “HOT! HOT!” My poor baby had spiked a fever to 102! We eventually brought his fever down, but he still wasn’t eating or drinking, and he was miserable.

He didn’t have a fever when he woke up the next day, but an hour into our morning routine; he threw up all over the kitchen floor and then spiked a fever. I had him in the pediatrician’s office an hour later.

The result? Strep throat. And now that I’ve been educated on all of the symptoms, I won’t miss them again. On Saturday, I noticed that Sayle’s breath smelled different. The pediatrician said that the bacterium that causes strep has a specific smell to it and that was probably what I smelled. One of the first questions the doctor asked me was had Sayle been vomiting? She informed me that as the bacteria in strep starts to build, it gets swallowed, which causes nausea and vomiting. Most parents don’t think of strep throat as a possibility when their child vomits, but keep that in mind next time and don’t assume it’s a stomach virus or something they ate. Obviously, the lack of eating and drinking is a symptom, but Sayle refused to eat after his breathe changed and he started vomiting.

We opted for the antibiotic (Rocephin) shot for Sayle as he was so miserable and he becomes difficult when we try to give him medicine (translation-rather than swallowing the med, he spits it out all over his face, clothes, etc.). The antibiotic shot is thick and painful, but he was back to himself eight hours later! I couldn’t watch the nurse give him the shot, but it’s a quick shot and well worth it as the oral antibiotics take longer to take effect.

Here is a list of the “normal symptoms” of strep throat. Apparently, it is uncommon for children under the age of three to get strep throat; Sayle has had it twice, runny nose and coughing aren’t symptoms, yet Sayle started with them although it could be unrelated. And it’s more common in fall and winter, yet it’s June and we have strep throat. Talk about beating the odds?!

Fever is very common to strep throat; although viruses can also give you fever. Fever over 101 for more than three days is more likely to be strep throat.

Very red throat with bright red spots on the back of the palate and white pus on the tonsils. One note, however, is that some viruses can also look this way, and sometimes strep may not look this bad.

Known exposure to someone with strep throat.

Swollen neck glands

Strep throat is most common during late fall and winter

Pain during swallowing or pressing on the neck glands or having pain during coughing usually is not strep throat

No other symptoms besides sore throat and fever – strep throat usually does not cause multiple symptoms such as runny nose, cough, and congestion. If you have multiple symptoms, it is less likely to be strep

Headache, stomachache and vomiting can, however, occur with strep.

What have your experiences with strep throat looked like?  What type of symptoms did your child have?

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6 Comments on “A Tale Of Strep Throat”

  • Angel August 4th, 2011 12:57 am

    my 8 year old was diagnosed with strep 9 days ago. she had high fever, very red throat with puss, vomiting, headache, and fatigue.shes had 7 days of antibiotic treatment and then starts throwing up again today and i ttok a look at her throat and it looks like her tonsils are infected again! she just finished her meds yesterday! im speechless…. isk what to think about this! my 5 month old son had also caught it but never had any symptoms accept pink eye… which the doctor says infants usually get pink eye with strep infection.., we also had him on antibiotics and eye ointment… he seems to be fine and acting like his usualy happy self, but why is my daughter suddenly getting sick again after she just finished her meds yesterday?!?! curious.?!?!?!?

  • Onslow Theckla August 4th, 2011 11:53 am

    Hi Angel, I am sorry to hear about your child. I would suggest that you contact your family physician right away since this could be something other than strep throat. Here are a few articles you may want to read in the meantime, but please seek medical advice from your child’s provider. Good luck, I hope she feels better soon!,1320,P02069,P02067

  • Brooke Brooke August 4th, 2011 7:31 pm

    Hi Angel-
    When Sayle had strep, he was SO sick that we opted for the shot. We have done both the oral antibiotic and the shot now. The oral antibiotic took forever to take effect compared to the shot. While the shot is thick, I will use the shot every time from here on out!!
    I hope you did go back to the doc and talk with them about your daughter!! Please let me know what they said??!! I would be upset if Sayle still had strep after that many days, strep is miserable!!!

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  • Kathy December 1st, 2013 5:22 pm

    Throw out toothbrushes to prevent re-infection of strep!

  • Ginger January 1st, 2014 11:04 pm

    This may be an old feed but one caution on the antibiotic shot. If your child happens to have an allergic reaction to the antibiotic administered via injection it is VERY dangerous. It goes directly into their bloodstream (and is a much higher, more powerful dose than an oral antibiotic taken over the course of 7-10 days in lower, less powerful doses) which means it can’t be removed once it’s given…with an oral antibiotic, measures can be taken to lower the effects of an allergic reaction, therefore they are much safer, albeit slower to work. I only know this because I am highly allergic to three different antibiotics (all of which were given to me to treat infections as a child) and if I’d have received any of the three in the injectable form, I’d most likely be dead. Just be careful. While 7-10 days can feel like a lifetime with a child, it really is the safest method for treating infection.

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