A mother is warning parents to be on the lookout for a little-known Strep A symptom after her son was hospitalized with the virus.
Keyan Coupland, aged three, was taken to hospital complaining of an earache which later turned out to be invasive Group A Strep A which is currently spreading across the UK.
Keyan’s Mun, Kerry, said she “dreads to think what the outcome might have been” if she hadn’t taken her son to a doctor’s visit.
She is now warning other parents if they have “any doubts” to ask health services for advice.
The 43-year-old first received a call from Keyan’s daycare on Dec. 8 asking Kerry to pick up her son, who appeared to have a fever.
“He was shaking all the time even though he was wearing a jacket and wrapped in a blanket,” she told the Daily Record.
Kerry kept her son off the next day as a precaution and kept an eye on him over the weekend, but didn’t see any cause for concern.
But on Monday, the little boy’s ears were crying.
“There was a lot of dirt coming out of them, so I took him to the doctor, who took one look at him and said to take him to the hospital,” Kerry said.
Doctors at Dumfries Infirmary, Scotland, told Kerry her son was likely suffering from an upper respiratory infection and were sending him home to recover.
The following day, test results showed that little Keyan did indeed have Strep A.
“My heart skipped a beat,” said the mother. “I actually had to ask twice to make sure I heard right.
“Keyan had none of the signs to look out for, including a rash,” she explained.
“I took him to the doctor for his ears and it turned out it was this disease that was killing children.”
It comes after it was revealed that a sixteenth child at a Brighton primary school has died from the disease.
“I am very happy that Dr. Brown didn’t take any chances at Lochmaben and sent us to the hospital straight away,” Kerry said.
“That’s why we caught him in time with Keyan, and he’ll be fine.”
“But I would advise other parents not only to heed the warning signs,
“If you think something is wrong and have any doubts, call the doctor or seek advice outside of business hours,” she explained.
What are the symptoms of invasive group A streptococcus?
According to the NHS, there are four key signs of group strep A to look out for. These are:
- Fever (ie a high temperature above 38°C)
- Severe muscle pain
- Localized muscle tenderness
- Redness at the site of a wound
The invasive version of the disease occurs when the bacteria breach the body’s immune defenses.
This can happen if you are already unwell or have a weakened immune system
Group A Streptococcus – Streptococcus pyogenes – is a bacterium that can cause mild illness.
These include sore throats and skin infections, as well as tonsillitis, cellulitis and scarlet fever, which is flu-like and occurs in children – it can be serious if not treated quickly with antibiotics.
In rare cases, the bacteria can cause invasive streptococcal A disease, which can be life-threatening and even fatal.
There has been a surge in cases this year, particularly among children under the age of 10.
Pharmacists are currently warning parents that Strep A antibiotics are limited in some parts of the country as the government remains adamant there are no shortages.
Due to the increasing demand for life-saving medicines, some pharmacists could no longer obtain the medicines.
Coverage of two first-line treatments: phenoxymethylpenicillin or penicillin V and amoxicillin is patchy across the country, according to medical experts.
Some pharmacists also find it impossible to get clarithromycin, used for children and adults with a penicillin allergy, and azithromycin, another treatment for the bug.
https://www.the-sun.com/health/6914811/strep-a-ear-infection/ I dread to think what the outcome would’ve been if I’d ignored little-known Strep A symptom in my son