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Will a streptococcal infection harm my newborn child?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

As dr ferguson explained, the group b strep (gbs) infection is most often acquired during vaginal birth, leading to early onset disease within 6 days of birth.
But if the gbs is acquired from nursery personnel, the symptoms of infection may lay dormant until the second week of life.

In brief: Yes

As dr ferguson explained, the group b strep (gbs) infection is most often acquired during vaginal birth, leading to early onset disease within 6 days of birth.
But if the gbs is acquired from nursery personnel, the symptoms of infection may lay dormant until the second week of life.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. James Ferguson
The delivery acquired germ may lay dormant for 4 or more wks & show up as a meningitis or baby UTI or sepsis(blood poisoning). I'm not aware of any case related to nursery personel.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: It can be fatal

The strep most discussed with newborns is not that of throat infections but a strep that commonly hangs out in the moist areas of a womans bottom. Group b strep is found in ~1/3 of women off & on &can be carried without symptoms.
After the bag surrounding baby breaks, the germ may get in, or baby may grab some on the way out the birth canal.It can invade or not(most don't) ; cause illness or death.

In brief: It can be fatal

The strep most discussed with newborns is not that of throat infections but a strep that commonly hangs out in the moist areas of a womans bottom. Group b strep is found in ~1/3 of women off & on &can be carried without symptoms.
After the bag surrounding baby breaks, the germ may get in, or baby may grab some on the way out the birth canal.It can invade or not(most don't) ; cause illness or death.
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