For verified info about Strep A, please see Group A Strep - What you need to know

With cases of Group A Streptococcus (GAS) infections on the rise it is really important parents/carers are aware of the symptoms. GAS infections cause various symptoms such as:

  • a sore throat
  • a fever
  • chills
  • muscle aches
  • flushed cheeks
  • a "sand-paper" like rash

The rash can be difficult to see on darker skin tones, however it can still have a sandpaper texture. The rash is more obvious in the groin/armpit area. Sometimes, the flushed cheeks that can be a symptom of the infection can appear as "sunburned" on darker skin, with whiteness near the mouth.

Parents should trust their judgement when their child is poorly. Speak to your GP or call 111 if your child is poorly and getting worse. Always call 999 or go to A and E if your child:

  • is having difficulty breathing - such as grunting noises or their tummy sucking under their ribs
  • there are pauses when your child breathes
  • your child's skin, tongue or lips are blue
  • your child is floppy and will not wake up or stay awake

Early treatment with antibiotics can reduce the risk of complications, such as pneumonia or a bloodstream infection.