Strep throat is a bacterial throat infection that affects people of all ages. However, it can be difficult to distinguish between a common sore throat and strep throat in infants and toddlers. Not only are young children less able to vocalize the severity of the issue, but strep throat also has different symptoms in infants than in adults.

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1. Symptoms in Infants

Strep throat symptoms in infants tend to be mild or hard to notice. The child may have a low fever, seem irritable, or refuse to feed or sleep. Physical signs include a thickened or bloody nasal discharge or a fine, red rash on the child’s legs, arms, and torso. A medical examination may reveal redness in the throat or swollen neck glands.

close up of rash on baby's arm
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