Symptoms and Complications
The symptoms of group B strep (GBS) disease can seem like other health problems in newborns and babies. Symptoms include:
- Difficulty feeding
- Irritability or lethargy (limpness or hard to wake up the baby)
- Difficulty breathing
- Blue-ish color to skin
Women who have GBS bacteria in their bodies usually do not feel sick or have any symptoms.
Babies may have long-term problems, such as deafness and developmental disabilities, due to having GBS disease. Babies who had meningitis are especially at risk for having long-term problems. Care for sick babies has improved a lot in the United States. However, 2 to 3 in every 50 babies (4 to 6%) who develop GBS disease will die.
GBS bacteria may also cause some miscarriages, stillbirths, and preterm deliveries. However, many different factors can lead to stillbirth, pre-term delivery, or miscarriage. Most of the time, the cause for these events is not known.