Doctor Betti
Dr. Betti Hertzberg Ressler is a Board Certified Pediatrician on staff at Miami Children's Hospital. Dr. Hertzberg developed the toilet training video "Let's Go Potty." She is the co-author of "The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies for Children."

Group Strep B

Question: I have tested positive for Group B strep and am concerned what this is going to do to my baby. My doctor told me it was no big deal and that he would just give me antibiotics during labor but will this ensure my baby will be ok? - Colleen

Answer: Dear Colleen,
Fortunately, your doctor was able to test you and begin measures to prevent complications for yourself and the baby.

Years ago before sophisticated laboratory tests were available, there were complications which were attributed to Group B Strep. This is a type of bacteria that can be found in the birth canal of some women. Many times it causes no symptoms either in Mom or baby. Sometimes it can cause complications in the newborn which would necessitate specialized treatment. What your doctor is doing is standard good medical care. He or she is looking out for the best interest for you and your baby. Prevention is number one when it comes to possible infections.

Talk to your doctor if you have concerns or worries. He or she would be in the best position to answer your questions when it comes to the health of you and your baby.

Have a healthy baby!
Dr. Betti

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    This information is not intended to be a substitute for visiting your pediatrician. If you or your child has specific concerns, you should see your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment.