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What can I expect if I have group b strep?

What can I expect if I have group b strep?

Antibiotics in labor: When a woman has group b strep we start antibiotics when she goes into labor. These antibiotics pass through the placenta and protect the baby during delivery. You can also expect more careful assessments of baby after delivery and possibly needing to stay at least 24 hours. If you don't get at least two doses of antibiotics before delivery, you may need to stay for further monitoring. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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What to do if I think I have group b strep?

What to do if I think I have group b strep?

Why ?: For most women, GBS is an innocent germ that can be found in the poo or the female genital structures of about a third at any time.It becomes an issue with pregnancy where it may pass to the newborn and cause significant disease.It occasionally causes UTI's in women. ...Read more

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What is group b strep like?

Variable: It is a germ normally found in the intestines causing no problems & can be there on & off.It can contaminate the female genital tract & cause a uti. It can get into a leaking bag of waters around a baby & cause infection & death. Babies that pick it up on the way out may have no problems or develop blood poisoning or meningitis. Quick treatment can salvage many but not all infants. ...Read more

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Is group b strep contagious?

Is group b strep contagious?

Depends on situation: Its most worrisome problem occurs when it passes from the genital tract of a mother to her newborn during labor or delivery.The resulting exposure may result in a severe infection in the infant. The germ is found normally in the stool, and as such came from ingestion. It is common & seldom causes problems outside that with the newborn. The infected newborn is unlikely to pass it to others. ...Read more

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Why is group b strep so bad for babies?

Why is group b strep so bad for babies?

Imunity: Babies have no immunity so any bugs potentially can kill them. They gain some immunity from maternal milk but bottle feeded babies dont. ...Read more

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How is gbs (group b strep.) contracted?

Common hitch hiker: Group b strep is a common germ in nature & found at any one moment in the genital tract of ~1/3 of women.In most cases it is innocuous, causing no harm, although it sometimes can cause a uti. It can be there one week & gone the next however, if passed to a newborn during labor or delivery, a fraction will get very sick.I would consider any mom @ risk & rely on the ob's to monitor the situation. ...Read more

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What % of babies with group b strep have no effects?

What % of babies with group b strep have no effects?

Need to ask a neo: Natologist, that doc should have the answer, the goal is not for the baby to get b strep, that is why all pg women are tested and if it is + at any time during the pg, then antibiotics are given as soon as you are in labor or your water breaks. ...Read more

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What are the causes of group b strep disease in babies?

What are the causes of group b strep disease in babies?

Group B strep germ: This is a germ that is commonly found in the digestive tract.It rarely causes problems for older kids or adults although occasional UTI's are seen in some women. About 1/3 of women will carry it in their genital tract during pregnancy.If the germ gets up to baby after the membranes rupture, or is acquired during delivery, it can cause pneumonia or blood poisoning in the newborn or meningitis later ...Read more

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I have group b strep should I get antibiotics?

I have group b strep should I get antibiotics?

Ignore it: Group B strep is a periodic visitor to the digestive tract and at any given time 30% of women may have it show up on a vaginal swab. Except for it's well known nasty habit of hurting newborns & occasionally causing urinary tract infections it can be just a benign hitchhiker in your system. Unless you have urinary symptoms or are in the final weeks of pregnancy, I would ignore the germ. ...Read more

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How can group b strep disease affect a newborn?

How can group b strep disease affect a newborn?

Group b infection: Newborn can get group b strep infection either during passage through birth canal or after birth coming in contact with an adult carrier of this bacteria the infection quickly spreads into the blood stream and can make the newborn really sick and has to be treated with IV antibiotics. ...Read more

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Group B Strep (Definition)

Group b streptococcus is a bacteria. Many men and women are carriers of gbs. Gbs is significant in pregnancy, because having gbs that is untreated can cause illness to a newborn. Gbs is not a significant infection in the mother, she is treated only to ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Streptococcal Infection (Definition)

Streptococcal infection is a bacterial infection. There are several types, such as Group A and Group B, which cause disease in different areas of the body and ...Read more