Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Edie | 2011/12/09


RE: 519


RE: skin peeling off fingers and toes.

My son did have a fever 2 weeks ago, so I had him tested and he had a type of strep infection. The paed said that he should''ve been given antibiotics, but if he is feeling better and his body doesn''t hurt it ok. It was almost two weeks ago that he was sick and he doesn''t have fever anymore, but I feel so bad that I he had to go through this without any meds. He has complained a couple of times that his stomach hurts, but I''m not always sure that it is not just hunger. Could it be related? Should I just get the prescription for the antibiotics. My 8 month old has been feeling ill the last 2 days. I''m taking him back to the GP today as he has a fever now. Could he have picked up the bug form his brother? The GP said yesterday he thinks he is just teething. What do I need to look out for? My older boy didn''t have a rash at all, he had fever and was lethargic, and then the peeling of his skin. The paed said it was not the ''normal'' " skarlakenkoors" , so I''m not sure what to look for.

Thank you

Expert's Reply



Certainly scarlet fever is one of the illnesses that can cause peelng of the fingers and toes in children. Strep infection is the cause of scarlet fever. His complaints about stomach pain could be related as strep can cause the lymph glands in the abdomen to enlarge and cause a condition called 'mesenteric adenitis'. It would be a good idea to treat him on an antibiotic such as penicillin if he complains about this pain again as he seems to be a 'strep carrier' now.Your baby could well have caught this strep infection from his brother.

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