MRSA Infection, Infant

ExitCare Image MRSA is a germ and is spread by touching. Infants can be infected by this germ. Any person touching the infant can get this germ on their hands and spread it to other people. People in good health usually will not get sick. MRSA is hard to treat with medicines that treat infections. However, special medicines are used to treat infants with this infection. The main places you will find this germ is on a infant's nose and skin.

HOME CARE

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Wash your hands before and after you change your infant's diapers or touch the infected area.

  • Throw away your infant's diaper in the trash.

  • Wash your hands before mixing your infant's formula.

  • Keep your infant out of close contact with others.

  • You do not need to wear gloves and gowns at home.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your infant is older than 3 months with a rectal temperature of 102° F (38.9° C) or higher.

  • Your infant is 3 months or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher.

  • Your infant develops chills.

  • Your infant is more sleepy than usual (lethargic).

  • Your infant starts to throw up (vomit).

  • Your infant has watery poop (diarrhea).

  • Your infant is not eating enough (poor appetite).

  • Your infant has a wound and there is:

  • Increased redness, puffiness (swelling), or pain in or around the wound.

  • Fluid (drainage) that is yellow, brown, or green.

  • A bad smell coming from the wound.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your infant's condition.

  • Will get help right away if your infant is not doing well or gets worse.