Pediatric Expert Tips: Preventing MRSA
MRSA is a staph infection. It spreads quickly and is difficult to treat with antibiotics.
How it spreads: It starts with bacteria entering your child's body through a cut, scrape or rash. It thrives in places like locker rooms, dorms and schools.
Signs and symptoms: Look for red, swollen, painful bumps on your child's skin. These bumps are sometimes filled with fluid or pus. Your child may have a fever.
In rare cases: MRSA can spread to the blood, lungs, bones, joints or other parts of the body. It can also cause pneumonia.
How it's treated: Treatment can range from opening and draining the infected skin site or using special ointments or soaps on the infected area.
Watch this video of Infection Control Director Darci Hodge, R.N., discussing how MRSA infections are on the rise across the U.S. and how you can protect your child from the infection in school-related environments:
To decrease the chance that someone in your family will contract MRSA, take these simple precautions:
- Wash your hands well and frequently with soap and water.
- Use alcohol-based sanitizers if you do not have access to soap and water.
- Keep cuts or broken skin clean and covered with a bandage.
- Don't share razors, towels, uniforms or other items that come into contact with bare skin.
- Clean shared sports equipment with a disinfectant.