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how dangerous is staph infection in a 2 week old baby

A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joy Jackson
19 years experience Family Medicine
You : You are correct in being concerned for this baby. Staph infections are highly contagious, and if the proper precautions are not taken, the baby can co ... Read More
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
36 years experience Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology
Infant immune system: The immune systems of infants are developing and I would advise avoiding contact and good hand washing. The drainage should be sent for culture and MR ... Read More

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Diabo
22 years experience Pediatrics
Antibiotics: Treatment varies depending on the age of your infant, and the location and extent of the infection. In an older infant, if an abscess is present, it ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ebner
18 years experience Dermatology
Higher than usual: Premature infants are at higher risk for infection in general because their immune systems are weaker and less developed. In the nicu, strict vigilan ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
73 years experience Preventive Medicine
Potentially: The obvious answer is careful and redpeated handwashng with one of the many commercikally available skin disiinfectants.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Depends : Staph is present around us 24/7 & takes no special agent to get to you. We all carry some staph on our skin surfaces & some will have strains that inv ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
22 years experience Pediatrics
Leave newborn home: You should not bringing a newborn anywhere near large crowds and especially the hospital. The child's immune system is not mature and if baby has a f ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Bryan
32 years experience Dermatology
Staph: If it is just a superficial staph infection--impetigo--then it is not usually dangerous and can be treated with topical antiobiotic like mupirocin. I ... Read More
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Dr. Mary Engrav
31 years experience Emergency Medicine
Yes, : Yes, an untreated staph infection can be dangerous. Staph aureus is a bacteria that live on our skin, but if it is driven under the surface of the sk ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
27 years experience Internal Medicine
About what?: Pregnancy? Little chance of that - you have two reliable methods and are currently menstruating. This bleeding may be related to your contraceptive. ... Read More
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