Rumbly in the Tummy: How to Treat Stomach-Related Illnesses

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What You See: Your child's refusal to eat, accompanied by a sandpaper-like rash

The Diagnosis: Strep throat (probably)

While strep is by no means the only possible cause of these symptoms, it's definitely worth considering once kids reach age 2 or 3 (younger children can get it but seem to be less susceptible). This pesky infection is known to cause stomachaches ranging from mild to downright severe. In fact, even a stand-alone tummy ailment without a sore throat or fever can mean strep, especially if your preschooler has been in contact with someone who's had it.

Treat It: Your doc will do a throat culture to determine if your child has strep. If the verdict is yes, he'll need antibiotics; they'll help him feel better and prevent long-term side effects. Kids aren't considered contagious 24 hours after starting antibiotics and generally feel much better within a couple of days.

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