What is methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus?
Methicillin resistant S. aureus is commonly called MRSA. It refers to the common staphylococcus germ that has developed resistance to common antibiotics. Many children carry this bacteria but it is more common in children with skin disorders, those who have had recent surgery or antibiotic treatment, those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, or those children who are receiving kidney dialysis. Can healthy children carry MRSA? Healthy children can carry MRSA even if they have no risk factors such as skin disease, underlying antibiotic exposure or other underlying illness. Sometimes these healthy children will develop skin infection and antibiotic treatment might be necessary. Why are hospitals concerned about MRSA? Resistant bacteria from one child can spread to other children during routine hospital care. For this reason, special isolation procedures are used when the child is admitted to the hospital. If a child has MRSA in the nose, what does this mean? Everyone has normal bact