For younger kids often you will see fever, decreased appetite, swollen glands, and often a complaint of neck, head, or belly aches (sometimes with vomiting, but no diarrhea). For older kids, fever is not a must, but common. In addition sore throat (without congestion) just on its own with swollen glands should warrant a visit to the office. Especially if you know your child has been exposed to strep, it is reasonable to roll into the office with any suspicious symptoms. Treatment is with oral antibiotics.
Take a look at our website www.boulevardpediatrics.com under our “Child Illness” section – Dr. Jeremy has penned some pretty comprehensive instructions for you as well. In addition, symptomchecker section has good suggestions, especially “when to call.”