Health & Fitness Strep A patient's mum issues 'haunting' warning to other parents over horrific experience
Acute pharyngitis is the 'most common' symptom of Strep A to spot as deaths rise in the UK
Despite the rising death toll, experts stress that most Strep A cases are only mild and don't lead to life-threatening disease.Strep A, or Group A Streptococcus, describes a bacteria that targets your throat and nose. Worryingly, the number of children who died from a severe Strep A infection has risen to nine since September. While invasive Streptococcus infections are rare, there has been an increase in severe cases this year. Fortunately, experts share the "most common" symptoms that could help you identify the condition promptly.
A mother of a Strep A patient has issued a warning to other parents after her son's horrific experience with the illness. Five-year-old George Higham was photographed by his mother, Jenna, battling Strep A.
His mother is now urging parents to take their child to A&E if they think they might have the infection.
Jenna, 24, from Sutton-on-Sea in Lincolnshire, told the Mirror that her GP misdiagnosed her son's symptoms as thrush.
However, she went on to seek further assistance as she was sure he needed hospital treatment by dialling 111.
George was diagnosed with Group A Strep.
Strep A: ‘I thought my daughter had a bad cold’ says mother of girl, 13, in intensive care
Vicky Murphy urges parents to 'trust their instincts' after daughter Rae developed serious infection despite lacking common symptoms such as rashAfter suffering with a fever, cough and sore throat for a week, Rae Murphy, 13, began struggling to breathe on Sunday and is currently in intensive care with pneumonia and sepsis.
The infection, known as iGAS, has killed six children since September.
Looking back to last August's episode at Grimsby Children's Hospital, Jenna revealed: "It was such a frightening time.
"He developed a heart murmur because he was so ill and he was screaming in agony from the pains in his legs.
"They couldn't get a drip in him because he was thrashing about so much, so he was given intramuscular antibiotics."
Despite George making a full recovery, Jenna added: "His screams will always haunt me. I am just so thankful he made it through.
'Helpless' mum of two boys with Strep A felt like 'screaming at doctor' and warns parents over key symptoms
Aimee Byron says she first noticed her two sons had sore throats and stopped going to the toiletBut after a few days of suffering, she took him back to the GP where he was diagnosed with Strep A and taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital for treatment. Jamie had a sore throat, large glands, was drowsy and holding his ears, couldn’t swallow drinks and wasn’t passing urine.
"I was in tears when I heard about the children who didn't make it.
"If George had passed away, I can't think about it, it really upsets me."
According to the Mirror, there have been more than 860 Strep A cases in England and Wales.
Four-year-old Muhammad Ibrahim Ali from High Wycombe was among the casualties after he died from the infection in the back of an ambulance.
Health chiefs have warned that rates are up to five times higher than before Covid.
It has been suggested that the rise may have come as a result of lower child immunity due to lockdowns.
Antibiotics could be given to children en masse in ‘rare’ move by officials .
It comes after an eighth child died from Strep A.A government minister revealed the plan in response to the eighth death of a child from the infection.