Strep throat is an infection caused by a specific type of bacteria. When your child has strep throat, the tonsils are usually very inflamed, and the inflammation may affect the surrounding part of the throat as well. It is very unusual for babies to come down with strep throat. This bacterial infection is mainly seen in school age children and teens who regularly spend time in school, sharing toys, books, and things exposed to germs.
The symptoms of strep throat in a baby include: drooling excessively, having difficulty swallowing or breathing, acting overly tired or fussy, and showing a poor appetite. In case you suspect strep throat, your doctor will take a throat swab and treat your child with antibiotics.