Why does my 21-month-old keep getting a staph infectioWhy does my 21-month-old keep getting a staph infection?
Staphylococcal ("staph") infection of the skin may affect a child in several different ways. In the diaper
area, either bullous impetigo or folliculitis usually appears. Bullous impetigo causes small blisters that rupture quickly, usually producing raw, red areas with a small remnant of the blister roof around the edge. Folliculitis is an infection in the hair follicles that produces small red bumps with pustules ("whiteheads"), most commonly on the buttocks and backs of the thighs, but sometimes in the genital area. Both disorders are responsive to antibiotics, which can be given topically (in a cream) or orally, depending on the severity of the infection.
Some children who get repeated diaper
area infections with this bacterium may be carriers, meaning they carry the bacteria (usually without problems occurring) in certain areas, such as the mouth, nose, and anus. If this is the case, your doctor or a specialist can make appropriate recommendations.