Signs and Symptoms of GBS in Newborn Babies

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Nov 09, 2020 · By Lenny
If you are a GBS carrier, your baby will be observed closely for signs of infection – regardless of whether you were treated with antibiotics during labor.

Studies show that 90 percent of babies who get early-onset GBS disease begin to show signs of sickness within the first 24 hours of life and include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Turning blue
  • Unusual irritability
  • Unusual limpness
  • Extreme stiffness
  • Feeding problems
  • Lethargy (hard to wake up)
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Temperature instability (Fever or low temperature)

It is important to know the early signs of group B Strep in newborns so you can receive the proper care while in the hospital. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends all pregnant mothers get tested for GBS during weeks 35-37. Ask your healthcare provider for more information about the risks associated with group B Strep, and tests that are available. 

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