How to spot signs of infection in babies

Parents need good information to help them to spot the signs of infection in babies. I wrote about this in Group B Strep Explored. I also discussed it in my blog post about the updated UK guidance on preventing early onset group B strep (GBS) disease (Hughes et al 2017). That document called for all pregnant women to be provided with appropriate information about GBS. This is both to support decision making and to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of the infection in babies.

Here, I am sharing a graphic which I use with midwives and birth folk. It’s a tool for discussion of the signs and symptoms that they may wish to discuss with parents.

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There’s a bit more on this in my book, Group B Strep Explained. This book was written to help parents, professionals and birth workers to understand the issues and the evidence relating to screening and prophylaxis (prevention) for group B strep. You can find out more about the book here.


Hughes RG, Brocklehurst P, Steer PJ, Heath P, Stenson BM on behalf of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Prevention of early-onset neonatal group B streptococcal disease. Green-top Guideline No. 36. BJOG 2017; DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.14821.