Born 2016 ~ became infected at 25 days of age and reinfected at 42 days of age Mother tested positive for GBS in her 36th week of pregnancy Jimmy was born at 39 weeks
The day before my son showed symptoms of GSB infection, he looked really normal. Around 12am I after I fed him he refused to sleep in his own crib and wanted us to hug him. But I insisted on putting him back to his crib as we were so tired. Then he just had the same grunting sound make by Aayan on your website. As first time parents we thought it is just baby’s noise and ignored it totally.
Then round 4am he cries again and I feed him. After he finished one side of my breast milk he started to cry really hard and inconsolably. We thought he may want us to change his diaper. Once we lay him on the changing table, he had the grunting again and was very weak. Then I feel something is wrong as he always refused to have his diaper changed and was crying really hard. So I used the thermometer to check his temperature. It was 100.8F! I was scared and shocked! I called his pediatrician and they let us call 911 immediately. The ambulance came in 5 minutes and took him to the emergency.
Then the nurses did all the routine test for fever in my baby. At that time my baby’s temperature was 101F. Then they give him antibiotics (penicillin) around 6 hours after we arrived at the hospital. Then my baby’s temperature went back to normal and he started to eat well and sleep well. After a few hours of blood culturing, they found out it was a gram positive bacteria, but they are not sure of the specific strain of the bacteria. So they switched the antibiotics to vancomycin and gentamicin. Then after a few hours they told me my baby was GBS positive in his blood, but negative in his spinal fluid, urine, and nose swab. Then they switched the antibiotics to ampicillin.
During the 10 days of hospitalization, he looked fine and had negative GBS results in his second blood test. The 10th day we were discharged from hospital and told it is impossible that he will get another infection. But 5 days later, still around midnight( 11:30pm), after my baby finished one side of my breast milk he started to cry again and was inconsolable. We tested his body temperature which was 99.8 F. No fever at all, but again when we put him down in the bed he had the grunting sound! We sent him to emergency immediately where he had the same routine test. Then after a few hours’ of blood culturing it was found to be a gram positive bacteria again. Actually for 12 hours after we sent him to the hospital the doctors refused to give him any medication as they thought it was impossible that he could become infected by GBS again. They thought he just had diarrhea because his stool was watery. This time because they did not give my baby antibiotics in time, during the 12 hours he refused to eat, slept too much, and was very weak with a temperature around 100F but not higher than 100.4 F. After they know it's a gram positive bacteria they gave him vancomycin and another antibiotic. Then after 14 hours of blood culturing they were sure the bacteria was GBS. Then they switched to ampicillin with a higher dose than last time (the same dose as treatment for meningitis).
During these 10 days of treatment he looked normal, ate well, and slept well. The treatment group gave my baby an X-ray, an ultrasound for the heart and other organs, a blood test after antibiotics, spinal fluid before antibiotics, an IgG level test, and tested his joints. Everything looked fine. Now he is at home, but we are still worried about him and always thinking that maybe there will be a third infection. Hope God blesses my baby with no more infection!
We talked with the infectious disease specialist in the hospital about the cause of the disease, as all his tests looked fine. They think the bacteria may have been in his gut and somehow get into his blood stream. We also talked about bacteria in breast milk, but they did not recommend we stop breast feeding as the benefits are way more important than harm.
The first infection was when my baby was 25 days and the second was at 42 days. Now he is 54 days old.
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