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MRSA and Staph Infections in Children

MRSA in Children: Symptoms

If you suspect your child has a MRSA infection, seek medical attention right away.

Call the doctor if:

  • Your child or other family member has a red, painful, swollen, warm, pus-filled, or red-streaked area of skin, with or without draining. These skin infections may look like boils. They often show up in areas where there has been a cut or scrape.
  • Your child or other family member also has a fever or feels sick.
  • Skin infections are passing between family members or friends.


MRSA in Children: Treatment

Treatment for MRSA may include:

  • Draining any skin abscesses.
  • Prescribing antibiotics to prevent widespread infection.

Do not try to drain infections yourself. This can worsen the infection and spread it to other people. Be sure your child takes any antibiotics exactly as prescribed. This can help prevent other bacteria from becoming resistant, which is more likely to happen when germs aren't completely wiped out by treatment.

To help prevent the spread of MRSA infection, do this:

  • Change any bandages often. Do it before you can see any drainage through the bandage.
  • Wear gloves while cleaning a wound or changing bandages.
  • Carefully dispose of used bandages.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after you finish or use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Clean surfaces with detergent-based cleaners or EPA-registered disinfectants.
  • Use separate hand towels, washcloths, and towels.
  • Encourage showers instead of baths.

And, don't forget to practice other MRSA prevention steps. Unless your doctor says otherwise, your child can continue attending school, even with an MRSA infection as long as the infected skin can be kept entirely covered and contained with a clean and dry bandage.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli, MD on August 06, 2012

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