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i have a friend who she and her boyfriend have been diagnosed with staph infection with open pus pockets . 6month baby in house they have a 7month year old baby should two people with staph infectionbe aroun d their 7month infacnt in't that dangerous? wha

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Dr. Joy Jackson
18 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 contract the bacteria. You can help by informing them that hygiene is key. They should always wash their hands thoroughly before handling the baby, the wound(pus pockets) should be covered at all times, towels or sheets should not be shared, and most importanty the parents need to be under the care of a physician for this problem (being treated). To further answer your question, the dangers for the infant are possible skin infection, eye infection, stomach (GI) infection, blood infection, urine infection, and even pneumonia. So as you see, it is important to keep the baby safe by taking the above precautions. If the parents become concerned that the baby has contracted a staph infection they should take her to her doctor right away.
Answered on Nov 9, 2018
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 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 MRSA ruled out.
Answered on Jan 18, 2019

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