Group B strep is a bacterial infection that is present in about a fourth of all healthy, adult women. Though the bacteria does not necessarily affect these women, they can pass it on to their babies during delivery. With simple precautions like using antibacterial bamboo kun and antibacterial memory foam products and getting antibiotic treatment as necessary, women can protect their babies from its very serious effects.
How Serious is Group B Strep?
On average, one in every two hundred babies born of untreated mothers with Group B strep become infected. The chances of a baby becoming infected are slim, but the effects can be disastrous. The most common effects of early onset group B strep are:
- Sepsis - a potentially life-threatening complication that occurs when chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight infection trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body which in turn trigger a cascade of changes that can damage multiple organ systems, causing them to fail. Sepsis can also progress to septic shock, where blood pressure drops dramatically and can lead to death.
- Pneumonia - an infection of the streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) bacteria that causes inflammation in the alveoli (air sacs of the lungs),making it difficult to breathe and causing high fever. Pneumonia can also worsen chronic conditions or cause other complications.
- Meningitis - a rare infection of the streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) or neisseria meningitidis (meningococcus) bacteria that attacks the meninges (delicate membranes covering the brain and spinal cord). Bacterial meningitis can be life-threatening and cause brain damage.
Other complications include breathing problems, heart and blood pressure instability, and gastrointestinal and kidney problems, which can also threaten a baby’s chances of survival, or at least cause some degree of impairment or reduction in quality of life.
A simple test and antibiotic treatment during delivery for mothers who carry the bacteria is all that is needed to prevent this debilitating and sometimes fatal infection. In some cases, basic self-care and making simple healthy changes can drastically reduce the chances of becoming a carrier or harboring a strong population of the bacteria.
Antibacterial Bamboo Kun for Group B Strep Prevention
Antibacterial bamboo kun is a great boon of nature that women everywhere can use to lower their chances of bacterial infection, including group B strep. Antibacterial bamboo kun is found only in natural bamboo, since it is an organic component innate to the bamboo plant. Antibacterial bamboo kun is what protects the bamboo plant from bacterial and microbial agents in its environment. This compound is preserved during natural processing of bamboo fibres to provide the same protective effects to anyone who uses sanitary pads, pillowcases, and other products like bamboo pillows, memory foam pillow covers, clothing and bedding made from bamboo.
July is the appointed time for Group B Strep Awareness in the UK and internationally as well. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness about this potentially fatal disease. If you know someone who is pregnant or planning a pregnancy and has not been tested, please share this information about group B strep. If you need help getting the conversation started, you can get additional materials and ideas here. If you want to reach more women, you can request for free awareness packs to share at prenatal clinics and download other materials and get even more tips on how you can help spread the word to save a baby’s life. Join Group B Strep International’s campaign on socials as well - #GBSISaBigDeal - so you can reach women who are not in your immediate area of influence.