July is International Group B Strep Awareness Month

By Rosanne Ullman | 06/25/2014 2:53:00 PM

 

Because you don’t have enough to worry about when you’re pregnant, July reminds us that Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a dangerous bacterial infection affecting about 1 in every 2,000 babies born in the United States. The bacteria itself is found in one-quarter of healthy women, but the bacterial infection can be passed along to the baby.

A simple swab test can tell you whether you’re infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends this routine screening between the 35th and 37th week of pregnancy. If you test positive for GBS, it still doesn’t mean that your baby will be infected, but your doctor may recommend setting up an IV with antibiotics throughout labor and delivery to minimize the risk to the baby. In the most serious cases, GBS can cause the baby to have meningitis, sepsis or pneumonia, or it can result in stillbirth.

Signs that put you at high risk for GBS include:
*Labor or rupture of membrane before 37 weeks
*Rupture of membrane 18 hours or more before delivery
*Fever during labor
*A urinary tract infection as a result of GBS during your pregnancy
*A previous baby with GBS disease

Learn more at Group B Strep International.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rosanne Ullman

Rosanne Ullman, Project Editor | Modern Salon Media

Rosanne has been writing for the salon division of Vance Publishing for more than 30 years, contributing landmark articles ranging from a year-long historical series in the 1990s marking MODERN SALON's 75th anniversary to a more recent, comprehensive tribute to Vidal Sassoon's impact on the industry. She was involved in the conceptual planning for First Chair and has directed several of Modern Salon Media's custom publishing projects. Rosanne holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's famed Medill School and contributes to her community through three elected terms on her local school board.

Rosanne is our go-to provider for Modern Salon Media's Healthy Hairdresser e-newsletter. You can e-mail Rosanne Ullman at rullman@vancepublishing.com.

 


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