MRSA Hits Schools

With Fall upon us many kids will come home with a bad cough, runny nose, sneezes and of course the fever. What’s a mom or dad to do during times like this?

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Plenty of soup and vitamin C is definitely on the list of good things to add to your child’s daily schedule but what happens when that isn’t enough?

Every year parents have to deal with the common cold and flu symptoms and worry about the time off they’ll have to need to take care of their child. But with the swine flu outbreak earlier this year now taking a front burner parents are more worried than they’ve ever been before. The swine flu seems to be hitting all over the places and running rampant in the school systems. Every time it seems to go away parents breath a sigh of relief but with the new school year and the outbreak being back parents are starting to fret.

Just last week I found out my son’s school had over 6 kids (my son actually knows) that have been absent with “the flu” for over 3 weeks. At the bus stop a mother told me that she was actually scared because her son now had something and he was just getting worse. She explained how she wouldn’t normally take her child into the hospital but now she worried that if she didn’t he might have swine flu or something just as serious.

Just last week it was announced that schools were sending notices home to parents because students were in the hospital now with MRSA. Currently this is just in Avon, Ohio and the principal does seem to be on top of this as they are already disinfecting the school. Thankfully they had all weekend to scrub the school down. For those that aren’t aware MRSA is check out the info below:

CDC
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics. These antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin and amoxicillin. Staph infections, including MRSA, occur most frequently among persons in hospitals and healthcare facilities (such as nursing homes and dialysis centers) who have weakened immune systems.

Symptoms of MRSA are:
Staph skin infections, including MRSA, generally start as small red bumps that resemble pimples, boils or spider bites. These can quickly turn into deep, painful abscesses that require surgical draining. Sometimes the bacteria remain confined to the skin. But they can also penetrate into the body, causing potentially life-threatening infections in bones, joints, surgical wounds, the bloodstream, heart valves and lungs.   

The best advice I can give parents is keep an eye on your kids and if they show symptoms take them in right away just to be sure. I’d rather be safe than sorry. Keep healthy and keep those kleenex nearby.

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