Have a child with nausea, vomiting and/or a “stomach ache?”
Examine their pharynx and order a rapid strep. These are atypical symptoms in pediatric patients who have strep, especially under the age of 5.
I couldn’t tell you how many times a mother has brought their child into the urgent care complaining of nausea and vomiting and when I looked at the pharynx, there was erythema, exudate, and tonsillar swelling which resulted in a positive rapid strep test.
The same thing goes with “stomach ache.” I have seen the complaint of “stomach ache” result in a strep diagnosis countless times. As long as the child does not exhibit significant abdominal findings on exam, then strep can cause a “stomach ache” in pediatric patients.
So, always look at the pharynx when you have a pediatric patient complaining of N+V and abdominal pain. Sometimes you will find your diagnosis!
As always, use your clinical judgement.