About 15 to 30% of all women have asymptomatic streptococci B in their vaginas. Most women never even know it is there, and babies are born fine. As many as 50 to 75% of babies do contract strep, but of those only 2 or 3 per thousand will get sick. The only time it is tested for is if the mother has fever, chills, uterine tenderness, painful urination, urgency, and increased urine output. (1)
Clinical testing for Beta strep is highly unreliable. However, I have been searching for a test that women can do at home if they so desire. I have been unable to find one here in the United States. However, Switzerland is marketing a quick test, and I am trying to purchase some through them. If I am able to do so, I will post it on this page when they are available, along with pricing information and how to order.
As a precaution, or if you take the test and are told you have Beta strep, my first choice would be daily ingestion of nano-particulate silver solution. Read the Patent of a silver solution that has killed every microorganism that it has been tested on, including anthrax, HIV-1, malaria, and candid yeast. You can take it orally, and use as a douche to kill the bacteria in the vagina. It is non-toxic, as proven by extensive testing by American Biotech Labs. Beware of colloidal silver made by other methods, and with protein stablizers added. These products are not as effective as the nano-particulate silver, and they can become toxic if taken on a regular basis. In fact, I would not trust ANY commercially prepared brand other than THIS ONE.
As an alternative, propolus can be taken, either in capsule or tincture form, 3 times daily. Echinacea root can be taken as a tincture and is specific to staph and strep infection. It stimulates the body's defense mechanism as well. A strong infusion may be diluted and used as a douche. To make the infusion, use 1 oz. root to 1 pint boiling water and steep for 10 hours. (1)
If the baby does get it, early onset appears in the first week, usually within the first two days. In it's milder form, Strep-B may be indistinguishable from respiratory distress syndrome. In its more virulent form, meningitis is present in 30% of cases. Less frequently, the infection will occur with late onset in the eyes, sinuses, joints, bones, skin, ears or lungs. This would be less likely with a home birth, since this form is usually derived from nursery or community contact.
The medical community recommends intensive IV antibiotic therapy with ampicillin or penicillin for 10 to 14 days. At home, Echinacea tincture can be given to the baby prophylactically. If the mother has a positive culture and the baby seems well, use 1 drop per 5 pounds of body weight every 4 hours. Symptoms in the baby often begin with respiratory distress which gradually worsens. Watch baby's temperature, alertness, nursing, tenseness of fontanelle, especially with baby in a sitting position, leg stiffness.....these can be signs of meningitis. If these symptoms manifest, seek medical attention immediately.
Remember......few of those who do contract the disease have any problems. So it should not be something to spend time worrying about. If you suspect that Strep-B might be a problem for you, start taking the colloidal silver now, before the birth. Treating it with antibiotics before birth has never been very successful. However, I know moms who've used the silver with great success.
(1) Frye, Anne. (1997). Understanding Diagnostic Tests in the Childbearing Year, 6th ed. New Haven, CT: Labrys Press, p. 573.
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