Nearly 25% of all healthy women test positive for Group B Strep Infection (GBS); however, only about one in every 2,000 babies contract it from their mothers. With proper treatment and antibiotics, this condition can have little to no impact on mother or child during pregnancy and delivery. If proper treatment is not provided, GBS can become a dangerous, life-threatening disease.
If you believe that you or your child may have been injured due to improper diagnosis and treatment of Group B Strep, you may wish to speak with a skilled and caring Baltimore birth injury attorney.
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The bacterial infection for Group B Strep is usually found in a woman’s rectum or vagina. A recommended routine screening is performed between the 35th and 37th week of pregnancy in order to most accurately predict the presence of GBS at birth. Just because a mother tests positive for GBS doesn’t mean that the baby will be affected by GBS after delivery. Precautions, such as putting the mother on antibiotics, can be taken to prevent the baby from contracting GBS.
GBS in newborns may be caused by:
If these occurrences are not properly treated, newborns may experience harsh symptoms.
Some of the most common GBS symptoms are:
Though these symptoms may occur later down the road, most GBS cases evidence themselves soon after the birth.
If you have been diagnosed with GBS, talk to your medical provider about the steps they will take to prevent your baby from contracting the disease. Many times, antibiotics are given through IV during the delivery to protect your baby. These usually begin once labor starts, and every four hours thereafter until the infant is born.
If your physician failed to follow proper procedure in treating you or your infant for GBS, or was delayed in providing appropriate treatment, you may be eligible to pursue compensation. At Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, our Baltimore birth injury attorneys are dedicated to fighting for your rights and just compensation. Call 410.951.8744 today for afree consultation.