Update on Strep A and Scarlet Fever. Strep A is a common type of bacteria that causes various infections, including Scarlet Fever, which is usually a mild illness but it highly infectious. Common symptoms include high temperature, headache, sore throat, swollen glands, nausea and an aching body. Please use the guide below to seek the appropriate care for your child. Get an urgent GP appointment or get help from NHS 111:
- your child is unwell and is getting worse
- your child is feeding or eating much less than normal
- your child has fewer wet nappies than usual or is peeing less than usual, or shows other signs of dehydration
- your baby is under 3 months and has a temperature of 38C, or is 3 to 6 months and has a temperature of 39C or higher
- your child is very tired or irritable
It’s important to trust your instincts if your child is unwell. Get medical help if you think you need it.
Check symptoms on 111 online (for children aged 5 and over) or call 111 (for children under 5).
Immediate action required: Call 999 or go to A&E if:
- Your child is having difficulty breathing – they may make grunting noises, or you may notice their tummy sucking under their ribs there are pauses when you child breathes
- Your child’s skin, tongue or lips are blue or grey – on black or brown skin, this may be easier to see on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet
- Your child is floppy and will not wake up or stay awake
Check the following link for further advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/strep-a/