Did you observe pus on your little darling’s hands and legs? Is the skin around any wound or cut, swollen and reddened? If yes, then your tiny one might be suffering from a Staph infection. What is a staph infection? How does it occur? How do you treat it? Read our post and learn the answers to your questions below. To know more about this infection and how you can treat it, read the post below.
What is a Staph Infection?
Staph infections occur due to by the toxins of the Staphylococcus bacteria. Staphylococcus is a group of bacteria that cause various kinds of secondary infections as well on the skin surface. These bacteria are found on the skin surface or in the nose of any healthy individual, not necessarily an infected person. However, if the bacteria, goes deep inside the body viz. Bloodstream, joints, lungs, heart and bones then the resultant infection can be deadly.
Staph infections did not cause any problems earlier, and doctors could treat them easily. However, some recent strains of the infection have become more virulent and rampant among children and toddlers. For instance, staph infection in head and neck are quite common in children these days.
Apart from skin infections, some strains can cause other infections like pneumonia, gastrointestinal infection and blood stream infections.
[ Read: Symptoms Of Pneumonia In Toddlers ]
Who Is At Risk?
Though anyone can catch this infection, but toddlers who directly come in contact with the infected people are at a higher risk of getting infected. The infection can spread through:
- Skin-to-skin contact.
- Sharing toys and other playing equipment with the infected kids.
- Bug bites are another way of dissemination of Staphylococcus bacteria.
- Toddlers who are suffering from eczema are at a higher risk of catching the infection.
[ Read: Bacterial Infections In Toddlers ]
Signs Of Staph Infection In Toddlers:
The symptoms of a Staph infection vary from mild to severe. However, following are some of the common staph infection symptoms in toddlers that you can observe:
- Any wound infected with staph will become red, swollen and painful as well.
- In some cases, the wound starts discharging pus.
- Also, there is an unpleasant odor that comes out of the affected area.
- Healing becomes slower than normal, and it takes time to heal.
[ Read: Hygiene Habits For Toddlers ]
Preventing A Toddler Staph Infection?
If your toddler is suffering from a staph infection, then you can take the following preventive measures to protect him before the infection gets aggravated:
- Wash your hands as well as your kid’s hands properly with a medicated soap or a liquid hand wash.
- After going the bathroom.
- Before eating or handling food items.
- After blowing nose.
- After touching your pets and other animals.
- Do not use a handkerchief, towels, clothes, etc. of an infected person for your little one.
- Keep any wound or cut on your baby’s skin clean and covered with bandages until it is healed.
- Protect your child from sunburn and bug bites.
[ Read: Impetigo In Toddlers ]
Treating Staph Infection In Toddlers?
Doctors generally treat staph infections with antibiotics. However, the recovery from any such infection depends on the toddler’s immunity. If your budding champ has a weak immune system, a staph infection can cause serious troubles. Also, here is a word of suggestion for all moms and dads, if your child has undergone antibiotic treatment then do complete the course of medication. Also, keep in touch with your physician to avoid any other complication.
Did your toddler suffer from a staph infection at any time? What did you do about it? Share your experiences with other moms here. Leave a comment below.
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