“Important Message – Strep A

Update on Strep A and Scarlet Fever

Strep A is a common type of bacteria that causes various infections, including Scarlet Fever, which is usually a mild illness but it highly infectious. Common symptoms include high temperate, headache, sore throat, swollen glands, nausea and an aching body. Please use the guide below to seek appropriate care for your child.

Get an urgent GP appointment or get help from NHS 111 if:

  • Your child is unwell and is getting worse
  • Your child is feeding or eating much less than normal
  • Your child has fewer wet nappies than usual or is peeing less than usual or shows other signs of dehydration
  • Your baby is under 3 months and has a temperature of 38C or is 3 – 6 months and has a temperature of 39C or higher
  • Your child very tired or irritable.

Its important to trust your instincts if your child is unwell.

Get medical help if you think you need it. Check symptoms on 111 online (for children aged 5 and over) or call 111 (for children under 5).

Immediate action required call 999 or go to A7E if:

  • Your child is having difficultly breathing – they may make grunting noises, or you may notice their tummy sucking under their ribs, there are pauses when your child breaths
  • Your child’s skin, tongue or lips are blue or grey – on black or brown skin, this may be easier to see on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet
  • Your child is floppy and will not wake up or stay awake

Check the following link for further advice.