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Raising Money in support of Group B Strep charity

Silvia Designs held a Bake Sale in Support of Group B Strep Support (GBSS) Charity on the 22nd of November 2019

and managed to raise £217 with the amazing support from the community and local businesses! Special thanks again to Discover Lanark Rhona Carmichael Leather & Lace Tattoo Lanark, United Kingdom VG Homes 🏡 Estate Agency, Baby Bank Carluke , Radio Lanarkshire , Rascals Nursery and everyone else who supported our Bake Sale and donated !

Please visit the GBSS website to find out more and get involved in any way to raise awareness about the Group B Strep!

Group B strep (streptococcus) is a common bacterium often carried in the intestines or lower genital tract. The bacterium is usually harmless in healthy adults. In newborns, however, it can cause a serious illness known as group B strep disease.

Group B Streptococcus (Group B Strep, Strep B, Beta Strep, or GBS) is a type of bacteria which lives in the intestines, rectum and vagina or around 2-4 in every 10 women in the UK (20-40%). This is often referred to as ‘carrying’ or being ‘colonised with’ GBS.

Group B Strep is not a sexually transmitted disea

se. Most women carrying GBS will have no symptoms. Carrying GBS is not harmful to you, but it can affect your baby around the time of birth.

GBS can occasionally cause serious infection in young babies and, very rarely, during pregnancy before labour.

Group B Strep is one of the many bacteria that normally live in our bodies and which usually cause no harmTesting for GBS is not routinely offered to all pregnant women in the UKIf you carry GBS, most of the time your baby will be born safely and will not develop an infection. However, it can rarely cause serious infection such as sepsis, pneumonia or meningitisMost early-onset GBS infections (those developing in the first week of life) are preventableIf GBS is found in your urine, vagina or rectum (bowel) during your current pregnancy, or if you have previously had a baby affected by GBS infection, you should be offered antibiotics in labour to reduce the small risk of this infection to your baby.The risk of your baby becoming unwell with GBS infection is increased if your baby is born preterm, if you have a temperature while you are in labour, or if your waters break before you go into labourIf your newborn baby develops signs of GBS infection, they should be treated with antibiotics straight away

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