UKHSA update on scarlet fever and invasive Group A strep

  • As a parent, if you feel that your child seems seriously unwell, you should trust your own judgement. Contact NHS 111 or your GP if:
    • your child is getting worse your child is feeding or eating much less than normal
    • your child has had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more or shows other signs of dehydration
    • your baby is under 3 months and has a temperature of 38°C, or is older than 3 months and has a temperature of 39°C or higher
    • your baby feels hotter than usual when you touch their back or chest, or feels sweaty
    • your child is very tired or irritable
  • Call 999 or go to A&E if:
    • your child is having difficulty breathing – you may notice 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

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