can staph infection affect the unborn child?

Dora - posted on 04/16/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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can staph infection affect the baby in the womb?

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Katherine - posted on 04/16/2012

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Antibiotics can cause problems for the developing baby inside the womb of a pregnant woman. That is why it is important to check with the physician which antibiotics to use in treating a staph infection.

A common penicillin called Methicillin is one of the common treatment for staph infection. This antibacterial drug is usually safe to be used by pregnant woman.

For methicillin-resistant staph infections or MRSA, it is always advised to consult a physician to know the best medicine to use to treat the infection.

It is important to indicate that there are common antibiotic drugs, such as tetracycline which can cause hearing damage for the child, that are known to be harmful to developing babies in the womb.



Staph infections for pregnant woman do not immediately pose harm on the developing child, nor do they add to causing miscarriages. It must be put in consideration however, that having an open wound infection can also make the pregnant woman more susceptible to contracting other infections, not only staph infection.

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