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What is Group B Strep

  • Group B Strep is a natural bacteria that comes and goes and lives in a woman's vagina and rectum. 

  • A pregnant mother should be tested for GBS during 36-37 weeks of pregnancy. Since it can come and go quickly a mom should be retested if she has not delivered within 5 weeks of her GBS test. 

  • If negative, mom should be informed of symptoms in newborns, as Late-Onset GBS does not always come from the mother.

  • If positive, mom should be given IV antibiotics during labor. Typically 4 hours is recommended. Mom should be informed of the symptoms of Early-Onset and Late-Onset GBS.

  • If mom was not tested, her water was broke for over 18 hours, or she had a previous baby infected with GBS, she should be given antibiotics as a precaution. She should also be informed of the symptoms of Early-Onset and Late-Onset GBS.

  • Antibiotics DO NOT PREVENT LATE-ONSET GBS! KNOW THE SYMPTOMS!

  • While GBS is typically harmless in adults if passed to a baby during labor or within the first 3 months of life it can cause serious complications or death.

  • GBS typically presents itself as Meningitis, Sepsis and/or Pneumonia

  • EMERGENCY MEDICAL ATTENTION is required! GBS can become deadly in just a few hours! Don't wait!

GBS Symptoms​

  • Fever (a fever in a child 3 months and under is a medical emergency!)

  • Pale, Blue, or Gray Skin

  • Grunting (sounds like constipation, but can be struggling to breathe)

  • Difficult breathing, fast or slow

  • Refusing Feeds

  • Lethargic, Not Wanting to Wake

  • Blank Stare

  • Shrill or Weak Cry

  • Irritable

  • Acts as if Skin Hurts to the Touch

  • Bulging Fontanel (soft spot)

  • Projectile Vomiting

  • Stiff body, Jerking, Seizures

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SEEK EMERGENCY MEDICAL ATTENTION IF YOU FEEL LIKE SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT WITH YOUR BABY OR YOUR BABY HAS ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS!

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I received all the above information from research. Sources in the "Resources" tab