What if my child is not getting better after being treated for strep throat?

If your child is not getting better, let your healthcare provider know right away. Your child should not stop taking his or her medicine, unless your healthcare provider tells you to.

Call your healthcare provider if your child is not improving one to two days after starting the antibiotic. You should also call if your child has any of these symptoms:

  • Fever one or two days after feeling better
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Earache
  • Headache
  • Skin rash
  • Cough
  • Swollen glands
  • Painful joints
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dark urine, rash, or chest pain (may occur three to four weeks later)

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