Group B strep See streptococcal infections

Group B Strep Association A nonprofit organization formed in June 1990 by parents whose babies were victims of group B strep (GBS) infections. The association hopes to increase public awareness of the importance of prenatal screening and prevention of GBS disease and regularly lobbies government agencies. The association has provided information about group B strep, counseling, and support to more than 100,000 families nationwide. (For contact information, see Appendix I.)

growing pains Relatively severe pain in the legs and behind the knee that occur in elementary school children, often after a strenuous day of activity. Growing pains occur at night while a child is in bed but always pass in time and should never be a cause for concern. Most experts believe there is little connection between the pain and growth spurts except for the fact that they usually occur during a period of rapid growth.

Growing pains generally strike at two periods during early childhood: among three to five year olds, and again in eight to 12 year olds. Growing pains typically affect about a quarter of all children, and although the pains are not serious, they can be upsetting to a child. Growing pains do not mean that a child is too active or doing anything wrong. Perfectly healthy children have these pains, which occur slightly more often in girls.

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