A couple of weeks ago Kora randomly came to me and told me she had a white spot in the back of her throat. She hadn’t been complaining of a sore throat so I was surprised and took a look. Sure enough her tonsils were huge and had a few spots. I took her to the pediatrician who ran the test and told us it was positive for strep throat. You would never know it. Kora was all smiles the whole day.
She never ran a fever, she never had a sore throat. Looking back I remembered she had complained that her stomach felt funny in the few days prior but nothing significant. The doctor said it was probably a sign, that some kids do have stomach aches when they have strep throat. We were diligent about making sure Kora took all of her antibiotics on time and until they were finished. We followed the doctor’s advice and soaked her toothbrush in mouthwash and then replaced it all together after four days. We even bought her a separate travel toothpaste to use until she got better.
The only thing that stood out through this bout of strep throat was that half way through her dose of antibiotics she randomly ran a fever of 101 for a day but it cleared up and then she was fine again. I was going to call the pediatrician but it cleared up so quickly I didn’t feel there was a need.
After finishing her antibiotics she was good for few days. Then we went to our niece’s surprise birthday party. It was a pool party and Kora seemed to be more cold than usual. She’d shiver whenever she wasn’t in the pool. Dark circles appeared under her eyes and her eyes seemed a bit glassy. I kept asking her all day how she felt and she insisted she was fine. I kept feeling her head and she felt ok but by the end of the day she was really warm.
When we got back to my sister’s I took her temperature and she had a fever. I gave her some children’s Tylenol and she went to bed. I expected her to be really sick the next day. She was fine. All we could figure out is that she must have a loose tooth. I wrote a post a while back about how every time she gets a loose tooth she runs a fever and gets really sick. She was insistent that none of her teeth were loose.
We got home and she was fine. Then on Wednesday night, the minute before she climbed into bed, she said her throat hurt. She hadn’t said a word all day about it, so I thought it was a tactic to delay bedtime. I gave her some water and put her to bed. She got comfortable and fell asleep.
Then at 1 am she appeared at our bedroom door saying her throat hurt so bad she couldn’t sleep. I felt bad for her. I took her temperature and she didn’t have one. So that was good. I looked into her throat and saw a spot or two so I gave her some children’s honey elixir and she fell right asleep.
The next morning she was pretty miserable. No real fever but she said she felt pretty rotten and her throat hurt. I looked at her throat again and she had 5-7 white spots and her tonsils were huge. I called the pediatrician and made another appointment. We got in that morning and they ran a strep test.
It came back positive…again.
I was concerned about why she got it again so quickly. The doctor explained that she thinks she didn’t give her a strong enough antibiotic. She said that was probably why she randomly ran a fever in the middle of the course of her last antibiotics. She prescribed something stronger and said to make sure we give her lots of yogurt and even probiotics since she will have been on antibiotics for 20 out of 30 days or so.
After having a couple of doses of the new antibiotics Kora seems much more like herself. She’s cheery, talkative, and doesn’t look like she’s going to fall asleep any minute. Hopefully this round will work and she won’t come down with it again. I was amazed she could get it again so soon but hope this will be the last of it so she can fully enjoy her last few days of summer vacation.
What about you? Have you heard of strep throat going around and being difficult to get rid of? What do you do for the children in your life to make them feel better when they are sick?