Late-onset GBS disease occurs in babies over 1 week of age up to several months old. There are currently no prevention protocols in place to help prevent late-onset GBS disease. However, being able to recognize the symptoms of GBS infection in babies is imperative for prompt medical treatment for better outcomes.
Please download and post the “Symptoms of GBS Infection in Babies” for family, friends, and your baby’s caregivers to be able to recognize the symptoms of GBS disease - even if you have tested negative for GBS as, once born, babies can become infected by sources others than the mother.
GBS is a very fast-acting type of bacteria and an otherwise healthy-appearing baby can become critically ill within a matter of hours.
Besides work being done to develop a vaccine for GBS,
there is emerging research available associating a few late-onset and recurrent GBS infections with infected breast milk. For more info on this topic, please view the linked articles on our website under GBS in Breast Milk under Breastfeeding.
However, breastfeeding can also supply your baby with important antibodies to fight many types of infection and has important overall health benefits. There are several linked articles on our website with more info on this topic under Overall Benefits as well as Benefits against GBS under Breastfeeding.
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