One of the most common infections that land children in the emergency room is strep throat infection (or the fear thereof!). Considering how often doctors and other providers check for strep, it must be serious and so parents always want to have their child checked for strep even if the child has no real symptoms that should raise such a suspicion.
Unfortunately, the parent may be setting the child up for even more episodes of strep if they prompt for both testing and treatment as soon as the first set of any symptoms of illness are seen.
I am sure some readers are indeed scratching their heads and wondering how and why. I have a good explanation.
Did you know that kids who are treated very early for strep infections tend to have less time to build up any immunity to the bacteria and so end up having multiple and recurrent strep? Yes, it is true and that is one of the reasons you should let your provider do their thing instead of pushing for strep tests and treatments all the time.
You can read more about how to get treatment promptly and reliably in Alpharetta, Roswell and surrounding cities of Georgia by going to this beautiful and well-detailed set of blog posts on Omegapediatrics.com about strep throat and complications of strep throat as well as treatment.