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Group B strep


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Group B strep is common in pregnancy. It does not usually cause problems but there's a small risk it could affect the baby.

Treatment for group B strep in pregnancy may include antibiotics during labour. The baby may need to be monitored after they're born.

Symptoms of a group B strep infection in a baby can include being floppy or not responding normally, breathing problems and a high or low temperature.

Most babies recover fully from a group B strep infection, but some babies have serious problems like sepsis or meningitis.

Group B strep is a type of bacteria that usually lives in the bottom (rectum) or vagina. It's common but usually harmless.

Page last reviewed: 19/04/2024
Next review due: 19/04/2027