A 35-year-old female asked:
can my 17 month baby, who caught mrsa at birth in the hospital, give my unborn baby mrsa through his saliva through breastfeeding?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Jane Van Dis answered
17 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Mrsa is passed easily between people who are colonized with it. Here is a great website discussing transmission: http://www.Urmc.Rochester.Edu/encyclopedia/content.Aspx?Contenttypeid=160&contentid=49.
Answered on Aug 29, 2013
Dr. James Ferguson answered
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: Staph in some form will colonize newborn skin by a day or two of age.If MRSA is around it will do so, if not , another strain. Mrsa, will come and go with or without treatment and be replaced by other strains.Today > 70% of staph infections in or out of hospitals involve mrsa. I would not treat your older child like they have it forever. If s/he has repeated boils, have it treated and eliminated.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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