The Facts About Group B Strep Test
Pregnant women in America get lots of tests. We’re tested for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and AIDS, for diabetes, for iron, for ketones, and they even undergo genetic testing for our unborn children. One of the last tests doctors “require” is the Group B Strep test.
What doctors tell us about Group B Strep is that, first, it can be life threatening, that it can lead to blood infections, skin or soft tissue infections, and pneumonia. They tell us that GBS can cause seizures, meningitis, and other problems.
What they don’t tell us about Group B Strep is that it’s very unlikely that a baby will show symptoms even when the mother tests positive for it. Nor will they tell you that the current testing available is highly unreliable. They probably won’t provide you with an impartial handout and definitely won’t give you any alternative treatment protocol.
Shortcomings of the Group B Strep Test
The test is performed by taking a swab sample from the vagina and/or anus. The swab is taken once, close to the end of pregnancy. Group B Strep can crop up at any time, however, meaning that today you may not have it but tomorrow you will. And so today you might test negative but tomorrow you could test positive.
Group B Strep can be detected on some days better than on others, meaning that today your doctor may not see it but if he tried again tomorrow he would.
But the test is only performed once.
The following facts were taken from the handout below:
“A positive result means that the mother is colonized, not that she or the baby will become ill.”
“Women who are colonized with GBS but don’t develop any complications have a relatively low risk of delivering an infant with GBS disease.”
Other factors which make a baby higher risk are listed at the bottom of page one below.
Treatments and Alternatives
As only 1-2% of babies actually become ill after delivery from a colonized mother, there is mostly nothing to worry about but worry is our game here in civilized lands and so we take that 1-2% margin very seriously.
The treatment for GBS is an IV drip of antibiotics during delivery. Antibiotics lowers the mother’s and baby’s immune systems by changing the vaginal flora. This also means that mother is largely immobile during delivery which can lead to other complications. There are several other risks associated with antibiotic use for both mother and baby as listed on page two below.
A Group B Strep treatment alternative offered in Europe but not in the US is Hibiclens. This is an effective treatment, much better than an anti-biotic IV. It is an antiseptic, though, and still can change the vaginal flora.
If neither of the above steps are taken the baby should be closely watched by an attending midwife for a few hours following the birth since most of the symptoms develop early.
1351Baby shower guest sign in ideas
2533Boy baby shower decorations ideas
23705Intermittent Fasting – Is It Safe For Children?
1607Girl baby shower favors ideas
23715Understanding Poop – Constipation, IBS, and Other Digestive Disorders
23735IBS, Depression, and Skin Problems in Fructose Malabsorption
23759Don’t Overcook Your Meat!
23689It is Safe to Eat Raw Meat – A Guide to Choosing the Right Type
600Baby shower fruit tray ideas
1791TOP 10 Girl baby shower themes ideas for 2017
4319Baby shower afternoon tea ideas
1909Purchase The Special Twin Baby Shower Cakes From Your Local Stores
218710 Useful Triplet baby shower ideas for you!
3923Baby shower snack ideas pinterest
4291High tea baby shower ideas – 10 ways to have a High tea baby shower party!
554Welcoming a Baby Angel in Style with the Best Baby shower souvenir ideas
2041Planning a Baby shower program ideas – detailed guide
23726Four Years Eating Raw Meat
1811Monkey baby shower decorations ideas
4287Baby shower cupcake ideas easy
344Mermaid baby shower ideas
2803Yellow and white baby shower ideas
194Rubber ducky baby shower ideas
1395Baby shower for a girl ideas
1305Unique baby shower prize ideas
3801Baby shower scrapbooking ideas
1461Cheap baby shower ideas for boys
796Baby shower prizes ideas for games
3215Table ideas for baby shower
424Decorating ideas for baby shower
406Country baby shower ideas
2507Twin girls baby shower ideas
3127Jungle safari baby shower ideas
3647Great ideas for a baby shower
1739Baby shower thank you card ideas
1231Country themed baby shower ideas