If someone in your family or at school has strep throat, there is a chance your child might get it. Strep throat is spread when healthy people come into contact with someone who has it. The bacteria can spread to you when a person with strep throat sneezes or blows his or her nose and you are nearby, or if you share the same forks, spoons, or straws.
If your child has a sore throat, make sure he or she doesn’t share his or her juice boxes or water bottles at school or at a friends house, and that they wash their hands frequently. Here are some other tips:
Preventing Kids from Spreading Strep Throat
- Make sure the person with strep throat covers his or her mouth when sneezing and coughing.
- Don’t handle used tissues or other germy items.
- Wash dishes, drinking glasses, knives, forks, and spoons in hot, soapy water.
- Keep sores and cuts clean because strep can get in your childs skin and cause problems, too.
Strep throat is no fun, but after feeling sick for 2 or 3 days, most kids start getting back to normal. In other words, they feel less streppy and more peppy!