NASHVILLE, Tenn .- Outside play and the summer months go hand and hand, but when your child is at play, are they also at risk for getting a Staph infection?
Doctors at Vanderbilt Children’s hospital have studied research that shows an increase in skin staph infections in children during the summertime.
Researchers say the staph germ likes a warm, moist environment and can spread from person to person.
“The main risk factor for an otherwise healthy child to get a staph infection of the skin is some break in the skin…A cut, an abrasion, a bug bite that gets scratched too much. And that’s probably why they’re more common in the summer months. Kids are outside playing, they’re not in school, and they’re sustaining more of these cuts and scrapes and bug bites,” said Dr. Isaac Thomeson,