Y’all, when the doctor tells you to throw away your toothbrush after suffering through strep throat, you really should listen!
About two weeks ago, I wrote about having strep throat after I asked my friends for homemade remedies for a hellacious sore throat I was experiencing. Turns out Sebastian and I both had it and we were put on Mommy & Me antibiotics – pills for me, tasty pink liquid for him – for 10 days. The doctor had told me to replace our toothbrushes at the end of our treatment so we wouldn’t get reinfected and, being the good mother that I am, I promptly tossed Sebastian’s toothbrush and marched right to Target for a replacement and splurged on some Paw Patrol-branded toddler toothpaste. However,I have one of those fancy electric Quip toothbrushes and had just received a replacement head for it a month or so earlier, so I didn’t want to have to purchase a new toothbrush head when I knew I would be getting another one in a few weeks. I tried sterilizing it instead by placing it in boiling water for, like, 5 minutes BUT apparently that didn’t work!
Lo and behold, not even a week after finishing my round of antibiotics, I GOT STREP THROAT AGAIN!
I spent this past Sunday morning at urgent care to confirm that the sore strep throat had returned. So I’m on a second round of antibiotics and I definitely threw away my toothbrush. I’ve learned my lesson: do what the doctor tells you to do. They know what they’re talking about!