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How can my having MRSA affect my new baby while we are in the hospital?

If you are colonized or infected with MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, healthcare providers will also use “contact precautions” with your baby. This means:
  • All healthcare providers will wear clean gowns and gloves when working with your baby.
  • Your baby will stay with you in your room. If you are critically ill and have to stay in another section of the hospital, your baby will be kept in a private area and will visit you when it is safe to do so.
  • If your baby is in the nursery, he or she will be kept away from the other babies.
  • Your baby will be treated for MRSA only if your baby has an active infection, such as a rash, a wound, or another infection.

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