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?