Hayden has strep throat. I had NO idea. His symptoms: low-grade fever, upset tummy, threw up once, not eating all that much.
He threw up Friday evening. Since Friday he has had a low-grade fever: never going below 99.2 or above 100.5 (generally it was 99.5). He has complained about his tummy hurting and hasn't been eating as much as he usually does (on Saturday he didn't eat anything).
In general, he just seemed off. He was still playing and active, but he just seemed weird and a little funky. I had no idea what was going on. I thought it was probably a little virus, but just to be sure I decided to go ahead and be the “paranoid parent” and take him to the doctor. With the holidays coming up, I thought it was better to be safe that sorry. Plus, my mommy instincts told me that something was wrong.
So last night we went to the pediatrician. We had to wait in the waiting room for an hour - not cool. We checked him for a bladder infection (he had seemed to be peeing a lot so I thought it would be a good idea just to check the urine) and the doctor looked him over, but nothing really stood out (and the pee “looked good”). She did note that his tonsils (which are naturally HUGE) were a little red, and so she thought just to cover all the bases that she would do a quick strep test on him.
Lo and behold, it came out positive. I was REALLY surprised. He hadn't complained of his throat hurting AT ALL and his fever wasn't all that high. The doctor said it is a very atypical presentation of strep throat, but that her son had had a similar strep throat experience when he was younger.
I am really glad that she was so thorough and that she was able to discover that he has strep throat. And I have to say, that Hayden was a WONDERFUL patient. He was a trooper during our long wait in the waiting room and was great with the doctor (this hasn't always been the case - in the past, Hayden hasn't always been a compliant patient).
Needless to say, Hayden is now on antibiotics. He is doing well - although really he was never doing “bad.” I feel awful to exposing him to the public over the past few days while he apparently was contagious with strep throat. My bad! I seriously had NO idea.