More kids are getting dangerous and potentially deadly staph infections. Kids with staph now account for 21 out of every 1000 admissions at Children's hospitals across the country. How can you avoid getting a staph infection? Make your kids wash their hands-especially before they eat or touch their mouth. Cover cuts and scrapes and keep them clean! Use clean razors and drink more water.
Symptoms of staph include bumps, pimple-like lumps, or blisters on the skin. Sometimes they drain on their own, sometimes they don't. Doctors advise you not to mess with them because you could easily spread the infection.
Here is some more info on staph and MRSA
FROM NBC: The number of children developing dangerous staph infections has gone up ten-fold in the past decade. Researchers in Kansas City reviewed thousands of medical records, and found the number of children hospitalized for MRSA went from 2 cases for every thousand hospital admissions to 21.
MRSA used to occur mostly in nursing homes and hospitals, but a majority of the children in the study caught the bug in the community. The study also found prescriptions for antibiotics to treat staph infections, especially the easy-to-use pills and liquid versions, went up significantly. The researchers did not study *where* in the community children are getting infected. Staph infections often resemble a pimple or boil on the skin.
The researchers are urging doctors to use antibiotics judiciously, because MRSA is starting to become resistant to the most commonly used drug (clindamycin). The researchers studied hospitalizations from 1999-2008. 25 children's hospitals were included.
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