October 15, 2011 11:26pm CST
Kids fall down and go boom all the time. Most scrapes and cuts heal in the blink of an eye. But some get infectes, and some of those infections can turn deadly. MRSA- the dangerous, antibitotic-resistant infection that's plagued hospitals for years- is now mulitplying in communities. Mostly, they don't cause trouble. But when MRSA bacteria get into open wounds, it's serious. Here's how to put the odds in your kids' favour (and yours): Before you wash the cut and squirt disinfectant on it, wash your own hands. Keep open wounds clean and covered. Stress the importance of good hygiene and frequent hand-washing (including by practicing it). If you notice growing redness. Swelling, tenderness, warmth or pus, call your doctor. Your kid may need an antibiotic.