July raises awareness of Group B Strep. GBS is a common bacterial infection which is usually carried in the low part of your intestines.
Adults usually carry it in the bowel/vaginal area with no symptoms. It can however lead to recurrent UTI’s – Urinary Tract Infections which can lead to more serious illness’ and issues such as bone/joint infections and pneumonia.
Having some chronic health conditions such as diabetes can become more dangerous is carrying Strep B. Group Strep B is also extremely dangerous for pregnant women as this can be passed on to their new born.
Symptoms of GBS in infants include;
- Low Body Temperature
- Been limp or floppy
- Difficulty in breathing
Treatment – If a newborn becomes poorly with GBS it can be treated through IV fluids or antibiotics (IV – through your veins via a ‘drip’). They also may need additional support such as oxygen.
If your child has one or more of these symptoms it does not mean your child has GBS, these are just symptoms to be aware of should they become unwell.
Find out how you can get involved in fund raising and raising awareness of GBS