Mother whose two sons have Strep A shows warning signs

Aimee Byron, 22, pictured a few years ago with her son Jamie (Image: SWNS)

A mother warns parents about Strep A symptoms after her two sons are hospitalized for the disease.

Aimee Byron, 22, said her son Jamie Jones started screaming in pain and was very tired, clutching his head and saying he had “tingling in his throat”.

The three-year-old’s throat was covered with large white spots and when she took him to the doctor she was told it was tonsillitis.

But a few days later his condition had not improved and he reached the point where he could no longer swallow drinks or urinate.

Aimee took him back to the doctors where he was diagnosed with Strep A and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Jamie was sent home after a few hours but the next day his younger brother Drew, 17 months, also became unwell.

Aimee, a stay-at-home mum from Fareham in Hampshire, said: “I felt so helpless because you felt like yelling at the doctor.

“I know they studied for years, but I know my child.


Jamie Jones, 3, and his brother Drew, 17 months (Image: SWNS)


Aimee and partner Will Jones, 24, a salesman, say they’re lucky they trusted their instincts (Image: SWNS)

“It was so refreshing to hear the doctor say they wouldn’t ask me about my child.

“I’m so incredibly lucky to have my Jamie home and he’s doing better if this story could have had such a devastating ending.

“Fortunately, he’s now on the better end of the scale in terms of Strep A severity, but if he left it could have been worse.”

At least nine children have died from Strep A in the UK so far this winter, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

The UKHSA said the rare invasive form of the infection, which is usually mild, has been increasing.

Health experts have suggested that Covid-19 lockdowns could be to blame for the dramatic surge.


Jamie started screaming in pain and was very tired, holding his head and saying he had “tingling sensations in his throat” (Image: SWNS)


The three-year-old’s neck was covered in large white patches and was initially told it was tonsillitis (Image: SWNS)

After the death, Aimee and her partner Will Jones, 24, a salesman, say they are lucky they trusted their instincts and took Jamie back to the doctor.

“After seeing how bad he was, how bad his throat was and how bad he was urinating, she called the pediatric department at Queen Alexandra Hospital,” Aimee said.

“She noticed his neck was covered with tiny sores at the very bottom and she said it was the worst neck on a child she had ever seen.”

She added that Queen Alexandra’s doctors and nurses in Portsmouth were “really helpful”.


The mum is now speaking out about her experience to help other parents spot the symptoms of Strep A (Image: SWNS)

What is Strep A?

Strep A can cause many different diseases, but it usually begins with a few typically mild symptoms.

A sore throat is different from a normal sore throat and the pain can come on very quickly.

Symptoms include pain when swallowing, fever, and red and swollen tonsils — sometimes with white spots or streaks of pus.

The NHS recommends people see their GP if a sore throat doesn’t improve after a week, if they’re worried, or if they have a high fever or feel hot and shivering, which is a sign of a more serious infection.

People with a weakened immune system, such as B. those receiving chemotherapy should also see a doctor.

Impetigo is a skin infection that begins with red sores or blisters that then burst, leaving crusted, golden patches. The infection can be treated with antibiotics.

Scarlet fever symptoms are often flu-like, including a high temperature, sore throat, and swollen throat glands.

A rash appears 12 to 48 hours later, starting on the chest and abdomen and then spreading.

A white coating also appears on the tongue that peels off, leaving the tongue red, swollen, and covered with small bumps (often referred to as “strawberry tongue”).

Signs of necrotizing fasciitis include fever (high temperature above 38°C), severe pain and swelling, and redness at the wound site.

Early signs and symptoms of toxic shock can include fever, dizziness, confusion, low blood pressure, skin rash, and abdominal pain.

While in the hospital for about five hours, Jamie had a throat swab taken and diagnosed with Strep A. Difflam spray was given to him to relieve the pain.

And when Drew went down with it, too, she knew exactly what to look for — and now she’s speaking out about her experience in hopes she can help others with the warning signs.

“Jamie’s been around the corner the last few days,” Aimee added.

“I’m so happy it got caught when it did that we now know what we’re dealing with and how to deal with it as he gets better.

“I knew it was Strep A and if it wasn’t then it definitely wasn’t just tonsillitis.

“Be aware that this terrible infection is spreading so quickly. Both of my little boys have Strep A now.

“My recent Strep A got worse, now has sores around his mouth and a rash on his feet.

“They said he has scarlet fever now too, as well as strep A.

“My eldest, Jamie, is doing much better. We just have to hope my youngest follows and feels better soon.

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