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Health Tip: Help Prevent the Spread of Strep Throat

A lesson in prevention

(HealthDay News) -- Strep throat is a painful bacterial infection that's highly contagious.

The Nemours Foundation suggests these steps to help reduce transmission of strep throat from your child to others:

  • Make sure your child finishes the entire prescription of antibiotics.
  • Have your child use separate utensils for eating and drinking while sick. Wash them in hot water with dish soap after they're used.
  • Don't allow your child to share any linens, drinks or food with others.
  • Teach your child to cover the mouth when sneezing or coughing, and to wash hands frequently.
  • Throw away your child's toothbrush after antibiotics are completed, and have the child use a new one.
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