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How can you prevent MRSA in children?

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There are steps you can take to help keep your children safe from MRSA:

  • Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. This includes after playing with pets or other children.
  • Have your children use alcohol-based hand sanitizers or wipes when washing isn't possible.
  • Teach your children not to share towels, uniforms, or other items that come into contact with bare skin.
  • Keep cuts or broken skin clean and covered with dry bandages until healed.
  • Encourage your children to clean shared sports equipment with antiseptic solution before each use. Or, he or she can use a towel as a barrier between skin and equipment.
  • If your child has dry skin, eczema, or a skin condition, use creams and moisturizers as directed by the doctor. Try to keep areas of flare-up on the skin covered to prevent an entryway for bacteria, as the natural skin barrier may be compromised.
  • Protect against sunburn and bug bites.

From: MRSA and Staph Infections in Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Should I Worry About MRSA?"

Naseri, I. , January 2009. Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery

American Medical Association: "Study notes continued MRSA upsurge in kids' ENT infections."

Milstone, A.M. . April 2010. Emerging Infectious Diseases

CDC: "FAQs: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Schools;" "About MRSA Skin Infections;" "Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Schools;" "National MRSA Education Initiative: Preventing MRSA Skin Infections;" and "MRSA Fact Sheet for Early Childhood Care and Education Professionals."

Cincinnati Children's: "Oxacillin Resistant Staph aureus (ORSA) - Methicillin Resistant Staph aureus (MRSA)."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Nemours Foundation: "Should I Worry About MRSA?"

Naseri, I. , January 2009. Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery

American Medical Association: "Study notes continued MRSA upsurge in kids' ENT infections."

Milstone, A.M. . April 2010. Emerging Infectious Diseases

CDC: "FAQs: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Schools;" "About MRSA Skin Infections;" "Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Schools;" "National MRSA Education Initiative: Preventing MRSA Skin Infections;" and "MRSA Fact Sheet for Early Childhood Care and Education Professionals."

Cincinnati Children's: "Oxacillin Resistant Staph aureus (ORSA) - Methicillin Resistant Staph aureus (MRSA)."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 13, 2017

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