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Signs of Group B Strep Infection

🦠 Baby experiences respiratory distress; seems to be breathing faster than normal, is struggling to breathe, makes grunting or other unusual noises, stops breathing and/or takes long gasps between breaths.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🦠 Baby experiences temperature less than 36*C or more than 38*C, experiences temperature changes (either up or down) or has poor peripheral perfusion (cold or pale hands or feet). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🦠 Baby experiences changes in heart rate or unexpectedly needs resuscitation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🦠 Baby seems lethargic or floppy, or behaviour or responsiveness seems unusual. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🦠 Baby has feeding difficulties or refuses to feed; baby can’t tolerate food, experiences vomiting and/or has a distended abdomen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🦠 Baby experiences seizure. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🦠 Baby becomes jaundiced within 24 hours of birth. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🦠 Baby has signs of bleeding, which may manifest as bruises or unusual swelling, especially on the head.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🦠 Other signs of infection in babies include hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar), hypotension (low blood pressure), oxygen desaturation (lowered amount of O2 being carried in the blood) and metabolic and/or respiratory acidosis. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ These are not, however, things that can normally be checked without specialised knowledge and/or equipment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As a parent, always trust your instinct. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Use your BRAIN tool you learn in your hypnobirthingandme class (I = Instinct). Trust it in pregnancy, labour and as a parent. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸 Thank you again @iwanrunner for letting me use this picture. Iwan doing his thing for Group B Strep Support 🏃🏼‍♂️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For more on hypnobirthing courses (link in bio 👆🏻)

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