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I'm all for blowing off antibiotics for things like ear infections, but step is not a place where I'd mess around with some lady at the health food store giving me advice.
I know that this is too late to change anything about the play date but I just want to jump in and say that it is absolutely NOT NECESSARY to treat a normal strep infection with antibiotics. Only 2 in 10,000 cases of strep will have complications before it resolves on it's own. If the symptoms become more severe then you have reason to treat but there is warning that it is becoming more serious. Antibiotics only lessen the symptom reduction by about 12 hours. Strep throat is WAY over treated. The clinic where I work just instated a new policy about restricting the antibiotic treatment of strep because it is so unnecessary.
A kid with strep throat usually doesn't feel very good so I would hope they wouldn't go to a play date anyway. Poor kiddo
I always treat strep with antibiotics and I would have canceled the play date as well.
A friend of mine is a school nurse and she had a 5yo kindergartner in the nurses office a few weeks ago with a fever. She called the boys mother to come pick him up and told her with that high of a fever she should make him a doc appt. 10 days later she noticed the child had not returned to school so she phoned the mother to see how he was doing. She informed the nurse that he had ended up in the hospital a few days after being sent home and that he had passed away a few days later. The autopsy report came in. Cause of death? Untreated strep throat. Police are investigating and the mother will likely be charged with medical neglect.
Ooooh now ya tell me!
ha ha just kidding. If my child had strep I'd go get antibiotics because I'm so paranoid. So by avoiding the strep in the first place, that saves that.
The child said she felt fine but had a bit of a sore throat still.
They have all next week off school too and I want the kids to get together.
I wonder if after this weekend the mom would know if it's gone or not.
What would the other symtoms be if it wasn't gone?
This is a real learning lesson for me to see if she can heal it naturally.
This is me shivering with fear though. Worried for the girl.