Did you know that it was possible that if you suffered from Staph infections to pass them on to your children? I had no idea and I have suffered from Staph infections since I was in high school. Many have been treated at home as they drained out on their own with a topical cream, but others have had to be taken care of by a doctor. Even worse situation was when I was pregnant with my now 3 year old, I had to be hospitalized to take care of one.
I was then told by my doctor that I will always suffer from Staph infections. I worried because that meant that some of what causes these infections was in my blood stream and I was pregnant. My daughter then got a boil on the inside of her leg when she was just over a year old. She had to be hospitalized and have it drained. This was one of the worse experiences of my life because as you await any surgery you are not allowed to eat. Watching my little one scream because she was hungry and only able to drink down sugar water packets from the hospital was awful to say the least.
Now my youngest who is 14 months old also has a bump that has swollen in her diaper area and I fear the same thing for her. We have been putting Desitin on it and hoping that it will go down on its own without having to take on the surgery of having it drained for her. We are keeping an eye on it and the bump has not hindered her in any way as it did my other daughter who would not put any weight on her leg while she had hers.
I just am not sure whether it really is Staph or just swelling from it being where her diaper sits from irritation. I hope that no one ever has to go through this with your little one but here are some steps to take if you do.
- Make sure that you keep the area as dry as you can as this can make the rash worse.
- Desitin lotion or something similar needs to applied to try to draw out the infection if there is one.
- Apply a cool compress to the area to try and sooth down the swelling. Do not put on for longer than 20 minutes. Most little ones won’t let you for that long anyway.
- Use heat therapy also such as a luke warm bath but also do not do this for longer than 20 minutes.
Of course, if the symptoms do not go away on a few days, consult your physician. I am hoping this is not the case for our tiniest, but the same surgery may be in her future. It will kill me a little inside to watch another of my children go through this, but if it is necessary we will.