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Kids and the Flu

If you have young kids, you know that during winter they constantly battle sicknesses.

"Strep throat is typically an infection of the tonsils and the back of the throat, the pharynx, that causes pain and fever," Dr. James said.

The definition sounds simple, but when you're child is sick and running a fever, any parent knows figuring out what's wrong is far from easy. Practitioners say the biggest sign that your child could have strep is easy.

"You generally don't have a lot of runny nose or a lot of coughing, Dr. James said. "

Symptoms of the flu also involve a sore throat, but include muscle aches and a lot of coughing.

With the flu, the kids will usually have more of a fever, fatigue, muscle ache, a lot of coughing, more stomach symptoms with diarrhea and vomiting. So it's a little more widespread than with strep throat.

No matter what symptoms your child has, the answer is always go see a doctor.

"If your child has a sore throat and a fever of 101 or higher, especially if its lasted more than 24 hours, we do suggest you get seen," Dr. James said.

The treatment for strep throat is a simple round of antibiotics. The flu does not have a cure but can be shortened with tami-flu.

Health officials also say to teach your children to wash their hands frequently, and keep them away from their faces and mouths to help stop the spread of germs.
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