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MRSA - Did the Gym Staff Give My Baby a Staph Infection?

I should've called this baby and family blog "Just When You Think" cause just when I think things are going pretty well life blindsides me and proves me wrong. Life with a house full of children and a demanding husband can really get my goat sometimes but I keep telling myself it's the journey not the destination and try to find something to enjoy and treasure about each and every day.


Any mom worth her salt will understand the reason for my negative attitude; I just found out that my baby has MRSA and will have to take all these powerful antibiotics, etc. etc. to deal with it. I completely admit that I don't know all there is to know(or all that I SHOULD know, or all that I WILL know before the day is over) about staph infections of any kind. There was some chat recently at the gym where DH goes that some of the staff members had developed or come down with cases of MRSA. Does this mean that my DH brought it home to baby?

This baby has had a time of it from the day she was born! She has allergies that were completely misdiagnosed by the pediatrician as eczema that caused to be covered in hives for the better part of her first year. She's allergic to peanuts, eggs, dairy and all the usual culprits and I have to watch her like a hawk for fear she'll pick up something she's not supposed to. And then there's the asthma and now this!

Sweet Jesus! We'll make it, but forgive me my Friday afternoon pity party, ok?

Has anybody else dealt with MRSA? I would love to hear from you and how it's affected your life. I believe that forewarned can be forearmed and I really need the support! Thanks for reading. C


writermom said...

Hi southern mom,

I'm southern mom as well, but also a writer for Baby Talk magazine and I'm doing a story on infants and MRSA and wonder if you would be willing to be interviewed? Any other moms with this issue as well.

contact me, Melanie Howard, at

I would need to speak with you as soon as possible, by Friday if you can make the time. Email me and we'll set up a time and I'll call.

Anonymous said...

If you still need any information on MRSA I would be willing to talk to you. I have a 16 month old son who has had MRSA twice now. I have also had MRSA for the past five years. If you would like to talk you can email me at generationxl768@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I have had MRSA for about 8 months now and just as it seems to go away and I start my regular routine back in the gym another spot appears. I dont know if I am doing something wrong but it just keeps coming back. I know 3 people at my work who have had reoccuring cases and my live-in boyfriend was recently diagnosed as well. All I can say is SANITIZE EVERYTHING. I carry a travel size can of lysol with me in my purse to sanitze anything and everything I come in contact with. It is getting ridiculous but it seems I have no other choice lately!

Anonymous said...

HI, I've been "officially" diagnosed w/MRSA. I just gave birth to baby #2 3 months ago and I'm very concerned about her (and my toddler, too). Staph is everywhere. Sounds like the reason your little one probably is having trouble is her sensitive immune system. As a breastfeeding mom, apparently I'm at risk. But it seems like there's no good info out here re: MRSA. Would love to hear from you with an update and any successes/failures you may have experienced. Has anyone tried natural remedies? I hear raw garlic (must be crushed to release the allicin) has been successful in real research.


Anonymous said...

I understand this post is nearly 2 years old. If you have any more information to share regarding the MRSA and you now toddler... My son is 5 months old and just diagnosed with MRSA. It is being treated with antibiotics but I cannot sleep. His doctor is not worried and seems to think this is becoming a common thing. Are you still struggling with this?

Anonymous said...

Hey my name is Rita my baby is only 9 months and he has MRSA. and like you i dont know that much but i do know you are luck to have found it on your little girl before it got bad. My boyfriend has it to and he didn't find it in time and was put in the hospital for almost 3 months and almost died. but if you would like to know more i can tell you as much as i know. And you can get it all difrent ways like my son got it from a rash. well i hope the best for you and if you would like you can contact me at my email at scarney@live.com.... this is my boyfriends email so just say its for rita... GOD BLESS YOU...