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Group B Strep/Baby questions

Posted by
Tammy on May 12, 1999 at 08:31:42:

I was tested positive during my pregnancy for Group B Strep.
I was given antibiotics during delivery for it, and afterwards due to a respiratory infection. My baby son is now 10 weeks old. My 6 year old has just had a bout with Strep throat and is on antibiotics. My questions are...1. what is and how do you get Group B Strep? 2. Would my baby be immune to it now, or would my 6 year old have passed it along to the baby?
And on a different subject...from a wholistic point of view, when and what should I start feeding my infant to avoid future allergies, in your opinion.
Thankyou for your wisdom,
Tammy V.
Paranoid mother of 3 boys



Re: Group B Strep/Baby questions (Archive in allergy)

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 13, 1999 at 11:07:16:

In Reply to: Group B Strep/Baby questions posted by Tammy on May 12, 1999 at 08:31:42:

Hi, Tammy.

First of all, group B strep RARELY causes illness. Where was the culture taken from?

It is the Beta Strep, group A, that is the one that causes strep throat, impetigo, rheumatic heart disease & Bright's Disease.

Your having the "infection" (if that was what is was during your pregnancy) would not develop significant immunity in your fetus at the time.

For anyone to actually HAVE an infection of Group B strep, their immunity would have to be reduced. That person should make a lifelong hobby of "wellness".

So far as when to feed foods: Remember that all babies are born with a relative "leaky gut" the lining not yet being mature. This is why most responsible physicians (as well as old wives) recommend waiting till 6-12 months for solid foods. Then, they recommend unusual foods for the culture so that, if the child's GI tract is still leaking, the allergy produced will not create such havoc with the usual American Diet.

In other words, in THIS country one would start with rice since we mainly eat wheat. In China, one would start with wheat since Chinese mainly eat rice. Making sense?

IF the child has C-RS (see glossary)--something that is increasingly common (especially in children whose mother had to take antibiotics during the pregnancy) they will continue to have LGS as long as the C-RS is present.

Walt



Re: Group B Strep/Baby questions (Archive in allergy)

Posted by Tammy on May 13, 1999 at 17:17:40:

In Reply to: Re: Group B Strep/Baby questions (Archive in allergy) posted by Walt Stoll on May 13, 1999 at 11:07:16:

You asked where the culture was taken from. The culture was taken during a pelvic exam at the doctors office.



Re: Group B Strep/Baby questions (Archive in allergy)

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 14, 1999 at 11:12:38:

In Reply to: Re: Group B Strep/Baby questions (Archive in allergy) posted by Tammy on May 13, 1999 at 17:17:40:

Hi, Tammy.

Were you having symptoms? WHY was the culture taken? Group B strep is almost considered a normal bacterium to be present in the vagina; ESPECIALLY during pregnancy.

Walt



Re: Group B Strep/Baby questions (Archive in allergy)

Posted by Tammy on May 15, 1999 at 20:50:37:

In Reply to: Re: Group B Strep/Baby questions (Archive in allergy) posted by Walt Stoll on May 14, 1999 at 11:12:38:

Hi Walt,

No I was not having symptoms that I was aware of. I did however have a cold for about 4 weeks February which turned into a chest infection and was on antibiotics for the last week of my pregnancy. In Canada, every pregnant woman is tested for Group B Strep between 36-38 weeks. When testing positive, they automatically give you antibiotics via IV during labour. They actually slowed my labour, to make sure I got the required antibiotics. By the way I never new about any of this until I was in the middle of labour, and they already had me hooked up to the IV. Tammy



Re: Group B Strep/Baby questions (Archive in allergy)

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 16, 1999 at 09:48:11:

In Reply to: Re: Group B Strep/Baby questions (Archive in allergy) posted by Tammy on May 15, 1999 at 20:50:37:

Hi, Tammy.

Perhaps I will learn something new here. Did your doc give you any literature about the need for treatment of group B strep during labor? I would be veny interested in learning about that.

When I was delivering babies, this bacterium was not even considered a pathogen (disease causer) during pregnancy & delivery.

Walt



Re: Group B Strep/Baby questions (Archive in allergy)

Posted by Tammy on May 16, 1999 at 12:13:07:

In Reply to: Re: Group B Strep/Baby questions (Archive in allergy) posted by Walt Stoll on May 16, 1999 at 09:48:11:

No info was given at all. As a matter of fact, I didnt even know I was tested until after the delivery. Only then because they would not discharge me from the hospital until the test results were back from my son. They tested him right after birth. He tested negative. However I was told that had he tested positive, he would have been kept for another 24 hours to be monitored, and would be given antibiotics.



Re: Group B Strep/Baby questions (Archive in allergy)

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 17, 1999 at 11:25:08:

In Reply to: Re: Group B Strep/Baby questions (Archive in allergy) posted by Tammy on May 16, 1999 at 12:13:07:

Thanks, Tammy.

I keep up very well in the literature but that is not to say that I might not miss something--especially now that I am not practicing & have not delivered a baby for 25 years.

I am, however, surprised to hear about this "condition" that is new to me.

If you can get your doc to give you any references I would be very glad to learn more.

So far, it sounds to me like it was a brief "FAD" that you just happened to get caught in. There are certainly enough of them in conventional medicine.

Walt



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