Recurrent MRSA in 6 month old baby!
I'm hoping that maybe someone here can help me.
10 days after my c-section for the birth of my son, he and I both presented with a fluid filled pustule. Mine underneath a steristrip for my incision and his in his diaper area. Tests showed MRSA for both of us. He was treated with Keflex before we knew it was MRSA and by the time we found out it was MRSA it had gone away completely. I was treated with Bactrim from the beginning, to which we found out I am allergic to. About a week after the first pustule, the baby got another one. This time he was treated with Bactrim. When he was 8 weeks old, a boil formed on his scrotum. That time we treated it only topically. We saw an infectious disease doctor, went through the decolonization procedure and were free of it for 4 months! During that time, we all took weekly bleach baths, I change our sheets weekly, I bleach the tub at least twice a week and always before anyone takes a bath, we only used towels once, and I clean the house like a crazy lady.
A few weeks ago, the baby got a cold. In the middle of the cold, he started breaking out with pimples on his bottom. Just one or two at a time. I'm not sure if that's just a coincidence or if it was because his immune system was fighting off a cold or because his MRSA filled snot was absolutely everywhere. We are assuming MRSA though they haven't been cultured. Whenever one manages to come to a head, by the time I get him into the doctor, it's gone. He was clear for a few days, so we went ahead and did another decolonization procedure. On the last day of the decolonization, a new pimple showed up and we're back in the rotation of a new one or two every couple days. They respond very well to mupirocin and are gone within a couple days, just in time for a new one to pop up.
Our pediatrician is so kind and patient with me, but I am having a REALLY hard time with this. I've read everything I could possibly read about MRSA. I completely understand that it's everywhere, that most likely I was already colonized with it before all this started, that many people are colonized and it's no big deal. Our doctor says that this is typically how he sees it happen, when it does recur in specific people. We can expect him to be clear for a few months and then have an outbreak again. I'm just supposed to treat anything with mupirocin and live a normal life. He says to keep a clean house, but don't go crazy. That this is just how it's going to be, most likely until he's out of diapers. As a mommy, I have a really hard time accepting that. Mostly, because I'm scared out of my mind for the bigger MRSA infections - pneumonia, septicemia, ear infections, etc. I've read all the horror stories. But also because of the extreme weight it puts on me (I know I put it on myself to some extent). I'm so afraid of my husband, our daughter (4 years old), or I catching it from him! I know that we're all most likely colonized, but I also know that active infections are much more contagious and easily spread. Hence the cleaning like crazy. I want to rest and enjoy my kids and family, but I feel like MRSA is my whole life right now. I cry all the time and every second that I'm not cleaning, I'm searching high and low on the internet for some miracle to get rid of this thing! I feel dirty and contaminated. I feel like I'm failing at protecting him.
Has anyone else experienced this? Any words of wisdom? Did it eventually stop? Any ideas on how to get this round of one right after another to stop?