At 10 days old Pelham woke in the night very fussy and making peculiar noises. Tried to feed him but he was not interested at all. The noise turned into a grunt with every breath. I knew I was a carrier of group B Strep as I’d been given antibiotics through pregnancy and labour, but still alarm bells did not ring.
After hours of trying to settle and feed to no avail we contacted our midwife and went to see them. She immediately rang hospital and we were told to go directly to a ward. Pelham had stopped grunting but had not fed for 10hrs and was very lethargic.
On arriving at York Hospital, he was checked over and almost immediately taken away for a lumbar puncture and given intravenous antibiotics. This is when I mentioned I had group B Strep. We were transferred on to a ward and told he had group B Strep meningitis. I did not know these were linked. My whole world seemed to crash down around me.
We had Pelham through IVF so he was very special. I also felt responsible, being a carrier, but my family quickly quashed that. Pelham was fed through a tube and given antibiotics. He had numerous tests and checks.
We were in hospital for 11 days where some amazing nurses looked after him. I’m pleased to say he has made what looks like a full recovery. Still more tests, but have a very smiley and noisy 12 week old. We were repeatedly told how lucky we were to catch it early. It will always be there as a worry but I feel very lucky to have got through this.