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#1 of 5 Old 11-27-2008, 01:01 AM - Thread Starter
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Are 2 weeks of antibiotics the only treatment for early onset gbs?
I've searched all over and can't find any info on this. I know there are alternative for moms that test postive prior to delivery ...but what about a postive baby?
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A baby with true neonatal GBS sepsis (ie positive blood culture) needs antibiotics. GBS sepsis in newborns has a very high mortality rate.
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Definately, absolutely, baby needs antibiotics.
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I'm wondering what you mean by a GBS pos baby--do you mean a sick baby, or a baby who has shown some sign through testing, of carrying, or possibly carrying, GBS?

Probably best to treat a baby who is actually already sick, with antibiotics. GBS sepsis is just so fast-acting and hard on neonates. On the other hand--if the baby is NOT sick, but there is some reason (from labs) to suspect baby is a carrier--then yes, a person could do other things to minimize possibility of baby getting sick.

Can you clarify this at all?
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