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My father has MRSA and is on antibiotics. Can he hold my newborn baby in the hospital?

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Dr. Lauren Romeo
Wound care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

Use gloves and wash your hands before putting on the gloves.
Some hospitals also, require paper gowns. Minimal contact is best while the baby is so young.

In brief: Yes.

Use gloves and wash your hands before putting on the gloves.
Some hospitals also, require paper gowns. Minimal contact is best while the baby is so young.
Dr. Lauren Romeo
Dr. Lauren Romeo
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2 doctors agree

In brief: No.

Too risky. Baby may get colonized.
Have to take all the precautions, if he really wants to hold the baby.

In brief: No.

Too risky. Baby may get colonized.
Have to take all the precautions, if he really wants to hold the baby.
Dr. RANGASAMY Ramanathan
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Dr. David Wishnew
Wound care
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In brief: MRSA + Newborn

I would be very cautious about anyone with a MRSA strain holding a newborn.
For the first few months of life, the infant has a sort of congenital immunity. However, MRSA can be a dangerous and invasive bacteria which would require some powerful medications, some of which could pose risks to the newborn. I would discourage him from holding the baby, discuss this with pediatrician and neonatologist.

In brief: MRSA + Newborn

I would be very cautious about anyone with a MRSA strain holding a newborn.
For the first few months of life, the infant has a sort of congenital immunity. However, MRSA can be a dangerous and invasive bacteria which would require some powerful medications, some of which could pose risks to the newborn. I would discourage him from holding the baby, discuss this with pediatrician and neonatologist.
Dr. David Wishnew
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