Group A Strep (GAS) – What To Look Out for and What To Do


Cases of invasive Group A Strep are rare but parents know when their child is not themselves.  Be aware of what to look out for.  If you think your child is poorly and getting worse, trust your instincts.

Contact NHS 111 or us 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 38C, or is older than 3 months and has a temperature of 39C 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 in breathing  – such as 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

For detailed information: Group A Strep – What you need to know – UK Health Security Agency (