Illness in newborn babies

After babies are born they have to breathe, suck, feed, wee, poo and stay warm.

If you are concerned about your baby’s health contact your midwife, health visitor or GP. In an emergency dial 999, during the day or night. Make sure you have a contact number for your midwife or the hospital before you head home

Although the risks are very low, you may be concerned that your baby could get coronavirus. This leaflet tells you what to look out for. Do not delay seeking help if you have concerns.

Coronavirus: Parent information for newborn babies
Translated versions of this leaflet can be found here


Group B Strep (GBS)

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.

Tragically, many families first hear about Strep B after their baby is seriously ill with Strep B meningitis, sepsis or pneumonia.

As most women carrying GBS have no symptoms, GBS is often found by chance through a vaginal or rectal swab test or a urine test.

You can find out more abut Strep B by watching the video below or visiting the Group B Strep Support website.