Information for you if your child has a temperature
If you have a feverish child then please read the following information leaflet:
Preventing streptococcal infections
One of the simplest and most effective ways to limit the spread of strep bacteria is by practicing good hygiene. Regularly wash your hands with soap:
- after coughing and sneezing
- before preparing foods
- before eating
It’s especially important to make sure your hands are clean when in contact with the elderly, those with weakened immune systems and young babies [those under three months old].
Cuts, grazes and other wounds should be kept clean. Be watchful for any signs of infection, particularly if you have a weakened immune system. Signs of infection could include:
- a high temperature (fever) of 38°C (100.4°F), or above
- pus or other types of discharge
- an unpleasant smell coming from the wound
Strep A will often result in only minor symptoms, however, in some cases a more serious infection can develop. This can include throat, skin, inner ear and sinusitis infections.
The complications resulting from Strep A can be very serious, even life threatening. If you have any concerns regarding infections such strep A contact your GP service or NHS 111 for further advice.
If you or your family become unwell, you can seek medical advice immediately at any time day or night via:
- your local pharmacy
- Devon Doctors
- NHS 111
- your in-hours GP service
- 999 (in an emergency)