Infectious Disease

Staph Infections and MRSA Program

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a strain of the staph bacteria that in recent years has become antibiotic-resistant and can pass easily from one person to another. Because it is resistant to the typical treatment for infections, it can be harder to treat and can spread rapidly.

Children are more likely to get MRSA and other staph infections because they often come in close contact with other people at places such as childcare, gymnasiums, school and the playground. To prevent the spread of this infection it is important to remind your children to wash their hands frequently, avoid sharing clothing and to clean their sports equipment.

If you suspect that your child might have a MRSA or staph infection, you should bring him or her to a doctor as soon as possible. It is important to start treatment early to avoid any complications or spread of the infection to other family members and friends.

Once in our care, the expert team in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease at Tufts Medical Center will determine the best treatment plan for fighting your child’s infection. If necessary, we will drain the skin abscesses and prescribe antibiotics to prevent any widespread infections.

To make an appointment, please call 617-636-8100.