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Children’s immune systems may make them susceptible to staph infections

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, tens of thousands of Americans will contract drug-resistant staph infections this year.

He is only two, but for the second time in his young life, Talan Williamson is battling a staph infection. Not just any infection, but the kind most parents dread: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus or MRSA.

“I’m scared. I’m scared and frustrated,” said Talan’s mom, Trisha Williamson.

Emergency room physician Martin Belson said young children are especially susceptible to MRSA because of their under-developed immune systems. “It’s a type of staph infection that’s resistant or immune to our typical antibiotics that we use in kids,” he said.

Belson said that means more children, like Talan, are ending up in hospital emergency rooms with repeat infections.

“It’s extremely painful, it’s like a deep red color and it sticks out like there’s something inside of him, like an egg,” described Trisha.

To prevent the spread of staph, doctors recommend parents help kids practice good hygiene by:
-washing hands
-covering cuts and scraps with a bandage
-and not sharing towels, sports equipment or other personal items.

Talan’s mom said she has tried everything. “I’m really at wits end. Nothing has worked.” She is hoping her little boy will soon be healthy and smiling again.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, tens of thousands of Americans will contract drug-resistant staph infections this year.

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