Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics such as penicillin, amoxicillin and oxacillin. Staph infections are common on the skin and around the mouth and nose. In children, MRSA at first resembles a spider bite. It can look like small bumps or pustules that are red, swollen and painful and sometimes leak pus.
MRSA is spread by skin-to-skin contact or through shared toys or equipment that hasn’t been cleaned. Children who have frequent scrapes, cuts and bug bites are susceptible to infection in places such as:
You can prevent MRSA infection in your children by following these guidelines:
If you suspect your child is infected with MRSA, cover the infected skin and contact your pediatrician. Do not attempt to treat the MRSA infection by yourself. You could worsen the infection or spread it to yourself or others.
Reviewed by: Patrick S. Pasquariello Jr., MD
Date: May 2013