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Strep Throat in Children
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Strep throat is a throat infection caused by bacteria. It is easily spread from person to person.
WHILE YOU ARE HERE:
is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that your child may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your child's medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done to your child. Make sure all of your questions are answered.
Your child may need blood tests to give caregivers information about how his body is working. The blood may be taken from your child's arm, hand, finger, foot, heel, or IV.
This is a picture of your child's lungs and heart. A chest x-ray may be used to check your child's heart, lungs, and chest wall. It can help caregivers diagnose your child's symptoms, or suggest or monitor treatment for medical conditions.
Stay with your child for comfort and support as often as possible while he is in the hospital. Ask another family member or someone close to the family to stay with your child when you cannot be there. Bring items from home that will comfort your child, such as a favorite blanket or toy.
is a small tube placed in your child's vein that is used to give him medicine or liquids.
- Antibiotics: This medicine is given to help prevent or treat an infection caused by bacteria.
- Ibuprofen or acetaminophen: These medicines are given to decrease your child's pain and fever. They can be bought without a doctor's order. Ask how much medicine is safe to give your child, and how often to give it.
Without treatment, the bacteria can spread. Your child can develop a high fever with a rash, throat swelling, and inflammation in his joints. Throat swelling can lead to trouble swallowing or breathing. He can also develop problems with his heart or inflammation of his kidneys. He may develop an ear infection or swelling in his nose, jaw, or throat.
CARE AGREEMENT:You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's caregivers to decide what care you want for your child.
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