Mom shares the signs of Strep A to look out for after the infection has left baby in the hospital

Kadie Dolphin shared the warning signs of Strep A after her daughter fell victim to the infection. (Caddy Dolphin/SWNS)

One mom shared some warning signs of Strep A to watch out for after her daughter became infected, leaving her in the hospital and unable to walk.

Kadie Dolphin, 37, from Warrington, Cheshire first noticed symptoms of the infection on November 8, and just hours later her daughter was in hospital, bed-bound and swollen badly.

Fortunately, six-year-old Nancy Ray Dolphin has since recovered and, according to her mom, is back to her normal self.

The mother of five decided to share the family’s harrowing experience to help other parents recognize symptoms in their children.

Dolphin explains, “The doctors said that being caught so early was the reason she recovered so quickly. She was absolutely blown away. The moment she started to get really bad, we didn’t know what it was and I felt like it took a long time to figure out what was wrong.” .

“The doctor said, ‘We’re really concerned’ and that’s when I thought, ‘Oh my God.'”

“The worrying thing was, I didn’t know what was going on — I was looking at her and she was thinking, ‘Am I going out without my daughter?'” “

Nancy Ray developed a severe rash, which is a symptom of Strep A. (Kadie Dolphin/SWNS)

Nancy Ray developed a severe rash, which is a symptom of Strep A. (Kadie Dolphin/SWNS)

Dolphin, a healthcare aide and mother of five, noticed something was wrong when her daughter came down at 6pm complaining of an itchy tummy.

Upon closer examination, I noticed a small mark resembling a mosquito bite on Nancy Ray’s stomach and knees.

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She gave her daughter antihistamines and thought nothing more of it, until the next morning when her daughter developed a high fever and a rash where the ‘bites’ were.

“The rash covered her entire stomach,” she says. “It was a weird flat rash and she was really hot to touch.”

Dolphin tried to get a GP appointment, but was told nothing would be available until 6pm that day and by 9:30am, Nancy Ray’s hand began to swell.

Deciding not to wait, Dolphin took her daughter to the Halton Urgent Care Center and within five minutes of arriving, the couple was put in a room and watched by a doctor.

While the doctors initially thought it was an allergic reaction, as Nancy Ray’s hands, face and lymph nodes continued to swell, it was decided that she should be taken to Warrington Hospital.

Nancy Ray was admitted to the hospital and unable to walk, she also suffered from severe swelling.  (Caddy Dolphin/SWNS)

Nancy Ray was admitted to the hospital and unable to walk, she also suffered from severe swelling. (Caddy Dolphin/SWNS)

Upon arrival, she was given the antibiotic amoxicillin while blood samples and a throat swab were taken. Following the results, Nancy Rae was diagnosed with Strep A.

Remembering the Dolphin experience she explains: “I went to Halton Urgent Care and said I thought it was a reaction so one doctor gave her Piriton, but another doctor said it was not typical of an allergic reaction.

“It was swelling up before our eyes,” Dolphin continues.

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Shortly after arriving at Warrington Hospital, Nancy Rae had lost the ability to walk, every joint was swollen and she had a very high temperature.

“That was when they took a throat swab for Strep A,” her mother explains.

“All night the medication wouldn’t start and they kept coming back saying she wasn’t getting better – she was kinda awake but was so weak she couldn’t hold herself.

“Amoxicillin is useless for Strep A, so I changed from steroids to penicillin.”

She was given penicillin via an intravenous drip, but because of the high concentration of the antibiotic, it left the little girl feeling a burning sensation in her arms.

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Dolphin Pictured With Nancy Ray and Eddie Dolphin, Nancy Ray has since recovered.  (Caddy Dolphin/SWNS)

Dolphin Picture with Nancy Ray and Eddie Dolphin. Fortunately, Nancy Rae has since recovered. (Caddy Dolphin/SWNS)

Doctors continued to monitor her condition over the next two days, and fortunately, after 48 hours, Nancy Ray’s condition began to improve and after the swelling went down, she was sent home on antibiotics.

While she was left with some permanent effects, including damage to her kidneys and a secondary infection, she has now recovered at home.

Her mother is keen to highlight the care her daughter received while she was in the hospital and to alert other parents to the symptoms.

“I can’t blame the NHS at all – they were absolutely amazing and really on the ball,” she says. “All we hear constantly is children passing by but that’s not all there is to it.

“She’s home and well now, and as horrible as she is, we need to build up immunity.”

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Nancy Rae made a full recovery and was back to normal.  (Caddy Dolphin/SWNS)

Nancy Rae made a full recovery and was back to normal. (Caddy Dolphin/SWNS)

Parents and carers should look out for symptoms of Strep A, according to the NHS website:

Flu-like symptoms, such as a high fever, swollen glands, or body aches

– Sore throat

Rough skin rash like sandpaper

crusts and sores

Pain and swelling

Severe muscle pain

– Vomiting and nausea

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Earlier this month, Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical advisor at the UK’s Health Security Agency, revealed the signs and symptoms parents should try to watch out for including a ‘strawberry tongue’, a ‘sandpaper’ type rash and sore throat. Throat and temperature that does not relieve with medication.

What to do if you are worried about your child

The UKHSA advises that if a parent thinks their child appears seriously ill, they should trust their own judgment.

Call NHS 111 or your GP if:

  • Your child is getting worse

  • Your baby is feeding or eating much less than usual

  • Your baby’s nappy has been dry for 12 hours or more or is showing other signs of dehydration

  • Your baby is less than three months old and has a temperature of 38°C, or is older than three months and has a temperature of 39°C or higher

  • Your baby feels hotter than usual when you touch his back or chest, or he feels sweaty

  • Your child is very tired or irritable

Call 999 or go to A&E if:

  • Your baby is having trouble breathing – you may notice grunting sounds or sucking his tummy under his ribs

  • There are pauses when your child is breathing

  • Your baby’s skin, tongue or lips are blue

  • Your baby is fussy and won’t wake up or stay awake

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