My son is 5.5 and has had many strep infections. Since Sept 2011, he has had 5. There were several before that as well (Dec. 2010 - 2, Sept. 2011 - 2, 2012 - 3). With the next one, we will see an ENT. I would prefer he not have a Tonsillectomy, but he can't keep getting strep, either. My concerns:
- His symptoms are frequently mild - fever no higher than 100, mild sore throat, but he generally feels OK.
- He already has a VSD (that has required no treatment), so I am concerned he could have untreated strep and then end up with damage to his heart.
- All these antibiotics are not good. Right now, he's taking Keflex. Amox. doesn't usually work for his strep infections.
- He has had a negative strep test in the past, so I'm pretty sure he isn't a carrier.
I do change his toothbrush, wash all his dishes in the dishwasher, etc. No one else in our family gets strep when he has it (mom, dad, 4 year old and 1 year old daughters). Any advice? What else can I do?