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Can babies get strep throat

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No babies usually do not get strep throat. However if they do, this is what the Mayo Clinic says:

"Children who develop strep throat repeatedly may have contact with a carrier of strep, likely at home or in a child care setting — or may be strep carriers themselves. A strep carrier is someone who still has the strep-causing bacteria, but who has been treated and no longer has symptoms.

Strep throat is an infection caused by a bacterium known as group A streptococcus. Strep throat can occur at any age, even during infancy. However, strep throat is most common in school-age children and young adults.

For the few infants who develop strep throat, signs and symptoms may include:

Refusal to breast-feed or drink from a bottle
Occasionally, a fine, red rash on the torso, arms and legs."

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