How to Prevent the Spread of MRSA

My six year old just had a staph infection. I was disturbed to find out he tested positive for MRSA. I’ll spare you the gory details and yes, he’s fine. Part of the problem is that he has chronic eczema so he does have open sores on his legs a lot. So I was happy to interview Grant Hill about MRSA and get involved with Stop MRSA Now!

I have a confession to make. This isn’t his first MRSA infection. In fact, he’s had it twice before and my daughter has had it once. I was talking to the school counselor just this week and her son had it too. She told me something that was even more disturbing. Once you get it, you are probably colonized with it… “Being colonized with MRSA means you carry it in your nose or on your skin but you are not sick with a MRSA infection.” (WI Department of Heath Services). And once someone in a family has been colonized with it, you probably all are.

On the plus side, it seems that the risk of transmission is much smaller than when you (we) have active infections, with pus and drainage. Lovely.

The point of this for all you loyal readers is that we’re just a regular family in the middle of the country. How the little guy contracted it in the first place is probably from some other regular kid on the playground or at school. Apparently a common way to contract it is from sharing towels and sports equipment but he’s only SIX!!! Community associated MRSA (versus that found in hospitals) is now widespread. So please wash your hands, cover cuts, don’t share towels, and routinely clean surfaces that come in contact with skin.

More Resources

MRSA Frequently Asked Questions

Understanding MRSA Symptoms

Practical Mommy is Ria Sharon, co-creator of the Yoga Parenting course. Are you ready for parenting to be easier, more fun and less stressful?