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15 Month Old with Strep Throat

My 15 month old daughter was diagnosed with strep throat this past Friday. She was given a shot of antibiotic Friday afternoon. As of this morning, she is still completely miserable. I have never had strep throat before and she hasn't either so I don't know what to expect as far as how long it takes to start feeling better. Does anyone out there know about when they begin to feel better or if I should be concerned that there is still a problem?

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I would get her back in to see her pedi. I have had strep numerous times and it is very miserable!!!!! She should be feeling better (at least some) by now. Hope she gets to feeling better soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Usually after being diagnosed with Strep and receiving the antibiotic shot, you are better the very next day with no more sore throat and definitely feeling better. I was also on antibiotics by mouth for a few days. It then takes about a week to be 100%. If you haven't seen a definitely improvement, I would take the child back immediately. With some illnesses, a second round of meds are needed.

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Actually, I used to believe the 24 hour thing but that's only that they are considered non-contagious after 24 hours of being on the medicine. It actually takes 72 hours for most medicine to be in full affect or at least that's what a local pediatrician told my friend recently.

As a nurse and mom of a child who has had strep alot in his childhood, I can tell you that they are miserable, their throat hurts, fever , very tired, cranky...did the Dr. give you any other antibiotics for the strep? If not I suggest you go see another Dr. Your child needs a full course of antibiotics, not just one shot. True strep infections can lead to other bad conditions. Good luck.

My daughter had strep last summer (2yrs old at the time). She started acting normally about 2 days after the shot. You might need to consult the pediatrician and see what she thinks. I hope your little one gets well soon.
J.

Poor Baby! I know how miserable your daughter is. I would definetly call her doctor. She should be starting to feel better by now. Other than tylenol I don't really know of anything that would really take the pain away for her. You could try giving her popcicles made out of juice, that would help numb her throat. My pediatrician told me to mix equal part benedryl and mallox together when my daughter had a severe sore throat. However, she is a couple of years older than your daughter so I don't know if you could give her that. (The benedryl helps deep her sinus' from draining too much, as this can be irratating to her throat. The Mallox helps to coat her throat and somewhat numb it.) I would talk to her doctor about it. Also keep in mind that antibiotics can cause yeast infections. If you can get her to eat yogurt while she is taking antibotics, it can help keep her from getting one. I hope this helps, and your little one gets to feeling better very soon!

My 5 year old daughter is very prone to strep throat. She gets it so often that we have considered taking out her tonsils. She has had strep twice in the last 3 months. The time before last, she was treated with an injection of Bicillin (which she screamed when they injected and had a huge bruise for a week). The doctor told me that the treatment would work immediately and that it would bypass all of the oral antibiotic that most children hate to take for 10 days. Well, we didn't see any significant change for 4 days! The next time she had strep throat, she was treated with amoxicillin and on the second day, she was already feeling much better. Yucky or not, will continue with oral medication the next time she gets any sort of infections.

strep is excrutiating. i have had it several times and as an adult, i have been up all night crying because it hurt so bad. give her popsicles and lots of tlc, she should be better in 3 days or so.

B.

The doctor did not give her any medicine just the shot? When my girls were little the doctor always give them medicine to take for about 14 days and within about 2 days they were starting to feel better, it usually takes about 24 hour to get in the blood stream. Hope this helps.

I have been told that there should always be an improvement within 24-48 hrs of starting the antibiotic. If she is not doing any better then I think that it could mean they need to try a different antibiotic or something. If she is still not feeling better then you might want to call your pediatrician or just take her in. Good Luck it is always rough to have a sick little one.

J.

Your daughter should begin feeling better within 3 to 4 days. It's interesting the doctor gave her a shot, rather than oral antibiotics, but that may be the "new" thing to do because of young children not getting their full "dose ing".

Strep is a nasty damn germ---- untreated or not treated enough can cause major problems later in life (kidneys come to mind right away).

Please take your daughter back to the doctor in about a week and ask for a follow-up Strep test. My son had numerous strep throats -- ended up taking out his tonsils (but that is "old thinking" -- stopped his snoring and strep throats! They tried to tell me Tony was a carrier, but I forced that issue too and got a shot.

Doctors are much smarter now with the antibiotics and bacteria/viruses, thank goodness!

M.

If she isn't showing improvement by 24 hours after the shot she needs to be seen again. Depending on the shot she also should have been sent home with oral antibiotics. Will she let you spray her throat with Chlorasepic? Children's Tylenol should help the pain also. That should help a lot. I wouldn't recommend the other, can't think of the name, it is really nasty.

Hi B.,

I am a 62 year old grand mother, we use lots of natural products for my grand children. One of the greatest natural antibiotics
Wild Oil of Oregano. one of the best is oregano oil p73. Apply it under her neck, on her stomach and bottom of her
feet 3 or 4 times a day. Also a Good probiotic to replace all the good Bacteria
that was killed by the antibiotics. Most people that use antibiotics do not know that they should do a lot of probotics after. If you have never heard of this please do a little research. These products can save a child
from most childhood sicknesses. To ALL MOTHERS THAT USE ANTIBIOTICS FOR YOUR CHILDREN PLEASE READ ALL YOU CAN ABOUT
PROBOTICS. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

Usually after being diagnosed with Strep and receiving the antibiotic shot, you are better the very next day with no more sore throat and definitely feeling better. I was also on antibiotics by mouth for a few days. It then takes about a week to be 100%. If you haven't seen a definitely improvement, I would take the child back immediately. With some illnesses, a second round of meds are needed.

Hi, my name is A. and I'm 28. I was diagnosed with Strep throat 5 days ago and am still on antibiotics for it. But, I started feeling better after about 3 days. I'm not sure how long it would take for a 15 month old, but it may take a few days.

I would get her back in to see her pedi. I have had strep numerous times and it is very miserable!!!!! She should be feeling better (at least some) by now. Hope she gets to feeling better soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't know what shot your baby was given, but I would be calling the doctor. My daughter had strep at 14 mths and I went with oral antibiotics - I'll never do that again. The oral meds take forever, and she went through the vomiting and pain for a week. She had it again last month, and I agreed to the shot of long-acting penicillan. She got the shot at 4:30, fell asleep on the way home, and was clear of fever and running around like normal by 8:30. My doctor said she could still "shed" the strep bacteria in her saliva and be contagious for 24 hours after the shot, so I still kept her away from everyone the next day.

I hate shots and won't make my kids get them if at all possible, but strep is my exception to that rule.

She should be feeling better I have never heard of a shot given how come they didnt give her a regular antibiotic it isnt like she cannot take medicine? Did they do a strep test that was confirmed of did the doctor just say well her throat is red we will treat her for strep just in case. She may just have a viral infection. I am a mom of 3 (all under 5) all of them get strep all the time and have bad allergies so this is nothing new to me,lol.

My daughter has had it many, many times. And it lasts a couple of days, but it's very painful. The doctors can prescribe something to ease the pain. Normally it's a mixture of maalox and benadryl. Call your doctor and ask about it. My pediatrician told me to mix 1/2 tsp of each (maalox and benadryl) and mix it together. Then from the mixture depending on their age give them a 1/4 tsp or 1/2 tsp. It all depends on their age and their weight. CALL YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE TRYING THIS! It really helps for the pain. And the pediatrician actually adds lydocain into the mixture as well, a numbing medicine. Good luck. And remember ask, before trying please.

Sincerely,
A.

She should have started feeling better within 24 hours. Strep is very painful and I'm sure she is miserable! I would call the doctor right away!

Ugh, that's terrible. Did the docs actually do a culture for strep? Since she's starting antibiotics so young, here's a website I want to tune you on to, it has a lot of helpful advice that will help rebalance her afterward. I hope she gets better soon :}

www.yeastinfectionadvisor.com

If she got the shot you should she her getting significantly better in 24-36 hours

She should be feeling better by now. You should give the Dr. a call. Usually, they will start to feel better within a day or two, although with a bad case of strep it can be several days before they are feeling really good.

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