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Old 07-17-2010, 04:24 PM   #1
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Child diagnosed with strep in bloodstream.

My 3yr. old was recently diagnosed with strep in his bloodstream. He has shown no signs of being sick. He has been perscribed 1,000mg of amoxocillin a day for 2 wks. Is this the normal treatment or should he be on IV antibiotics. Should I take him to a infectious disease doctor? I know nothing about this diagnosis, is there any other information that I should know about this diagnosis.

 
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Re: Child diagnosed with strep in bloodstream.

Hi there!

So obviously it's not normal to have Streptococcus in the bloodstream, but it all depends on where the Strep came from and what type of Strep it is. Your son doesn't necessarily need an infectious diseases specialist; however, he SHOULD be see by a pediatrician who has regular experience in treating inpatients (i.e. not a pediatrician who does nothing but outpatient clinics).

Why did you bring your son to the doctor in the first place? Was he having fever? Were there any other symptoms?

Streptococcus has many different species but the main ones that are seen clinically are: Group A & B strep (the former is what causes Strep throat), Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus...your son was likely immunized against this) and Viridans Group Streptococci. There are others, but not as important in children.

When one has Streptococcus in the blood, one needs to be treated for a minimum of two weeks. If the patient is very unwell then IV antibiotics can be used; otherwise, oral is fine. The important thing is to figure out where the Strep came from. Did your son have any recent pneumonia or skin infection, recent IV or any dental infections?

 
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Old 07-19-2010, 02:42 AM   #3
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Re: Child diagnosed with strep in bloodstream.

Thanks for your reply! My son has bouts with strep throat that is the thing I can think of! He was initially taken to a neurologist for multiple behavior problems that we could not control along with tics. The neurologist decided to do an MRI and bloodwork this bloodwork showed the strep (not sure what strand) along with a positive CPK! His peditriician is in an inpatient clinic and sees him regularly. I work in the medical field in the OR and deal with a lot of different things that do not scare me but this strep in my child really scares me!




Hi there!

So obviously it's not normal to have Streptococcus in the bloodstream, but it all depends on where the Strep came from and what type of Strep it is. Your son doesn't necessarily need an infectious diseases specialist; however, he SHOULD be see by a pediatrician who has regular experience in treating inpatients (i.e. not a pediatrician who does nothing but outpatient clinics).

Why did you bring your son to the doctor in the first place? Was he having fever? Were there any other symptoms?

Streptococcus has many different species but the main ones that are seen clinically are: Group A & B strep (the former is what causes Strep throat), Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus...your son was likely immunized against this) and Viridans Group Streptococci. There are others, but not as important in children.

When one has Streptococcus in the blood, one needs to be treated for a minimum of two weeks. If the patient is very unwell then IV antibiotics can be used; otherwise, oral is fine. The important thing is to figure out where the Strep came from. Did your son have any recent pneumonia or skin infection, recent IV or any dental infections?[/QUOTE]

 
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Re: Child diagnosed with strep in bloodstream.

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Thanks for your reply! My son has bouts with strep throat that is the thing I can think of! He was initially taken to a neurologist for multiple behavior problems that we could not control along with tics. The neurologist decided to do an MRI and bloodwork this bloodwork showed the strep (not sure what strand) along with a positive CPK! His peditriician is in an inpatient clinic and sees him regularly. I work in the medical field in the OR and deal with a lot of different things that do not scare me but this strep in my child really scares me!




Hi there!

So obviously it's not normal to have Streptococcus in the bloodstream, but it all depends on where the Strep came from and what type of Strep it is. Your son doesn't necessarily need an infectious diseases specialist; however, he SHOULD be see by a pediatrician who has regular experience in treating inpatients (i.e. not a pediatrician who does nothing but outpatient clinics).

Why did you bring your son to the doctor in the first place? Was he having fever? Were there any other symptoms?

Streptococcus has many different species but the main ones that are seen clinically are: Group A & B strep (the former is what causes Strep throat), Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus...your son was likely immunized against this) and Viridans Group Streptococci. There are others, but not as important in children.

When one has Streptococcus in the blood, one needs to be treated for a minimum of two weeks. If the patient is very unwell then IV antibiotics can be used; otherwise, oral is fine. The important thing is to figure out where the Strep came from. Did your son have any recent pneumonia or skin infection, recent IV or any dental infections?
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My granddaughter is 3 years old and she has Streptocccus pneumoniae.she came down with pneumonia at 22m was put in the hospital for this, they decide she had asthma put her on meds. after this it's was one thing after another first ears 15 infections put in tubs then 8 sinus infections like everything els when she comes off antibiotic it come back so the ENT takes out her adenoids,that's when they found the streptococcus pneumoniae. She just got out of the hospital for pneumonia her P.Docter thought it was caused by the (streptococcus) ENT did a CT Scan he said her sinus cavade was full of mucuss, the put her on IV antibiotics and did a sweat test for C.F. Came back negative sent us home after just 3 dosese of IV meds changed to cipro for three week, going Monday to Augusta to Infectious disease Docter, this has been a nightmare!, not scare you more then I sure you already are but if they told me it was in her blood I would freak out,your not worried about meningitis?

 
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