(HealthDay News) — Most sore throats among infants, toddlers and preschoolers are caused by viral infections, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.
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Symptoms of strep among young children typically vary by age, the academy says. Here’s a brief list:
- Infants: May have only a low fever and a thickened or bloody nasal discharge.
- Toddlers: May also have a thickened or bloody nasal discharge with a fever. Toddlers with strep typically are quite cranky, have no appetite and often have swollen glands in the neck. Sometimes toddlers will complain of stomach pain instead of a sore throat.
- Children over age three: They are typically more sick and may have a very painful throat, fever greater than 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.9 degrees Celsius), swollen glands in the neck and pus on the tonsils.
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