Strep B Awareness month is here

Strep B awareness month, spearheaded by the charity Group B Strep Support is upon us. Around 1 in 5 women carry Group Strep B bacteria in their vagina and most of the time it does not cause any harm. However, there is a chance that it can be passed to babies during labour and cause an infection.

Strep B infections in babies

Strep B infections usually develop on the day of birth. To combat the Strep B bacteria, babies are usually given antibiotics and are looked after in a Special Care Baby Unit or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Most babies who are treated quickly for Strep B infections will get better. 

What happens if a mum carries Strep B bacteria?

If a mum is known to carry Strep B bacteria they will probably be offered antibiotics through a drip during labour to reduce the chance of the baby getting a Strep B infection. If a mum is thought to be at a higher risk of carrying Strep B she may be offered antibiotics even without a diagnosis. 

Want to know more about Strep B?

You can download our multi-award winning, free app Baby Buddy to find out more about Strep B. it's packed full of information to guide you through pregnancy, birth and the first 6 months of your baby's life. With daily, personalised notifications, over 250 videos, maps to find your local services, a goal setting feature, a baby book and much more. It has been endorsed by the Department of Health and many royal Colleges and is advert free with no in-app purchases. 

You can also find out more about Strep B by visiting Group B Strep Support and searching #GBSaware on social media to join the conversation.