What causes wound infection in children?

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The skin is the largest organ of our body that protects us from harmful bacteria and diseases. The epidermis, or the outermost layer of the skin, serves as the skin barrier that protects the body from allergens, viruses, and bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus or Staphy. And when the skin gets wounded, it may be exposed to possible infection.

Staphy is one kind of bacteria that lives in the skin as well as in mucous membranes (e.g. nose). It is present even in healthy skin. While it is normally found in skin, it may be considered harmless as long as there is no wound. Otherwise, Staphy is one of the main bacteria that is most commonly involved in children's wound infection.

When a child gets wounded, there is a break in the skin surface. Staphy takes this opportunity to move from the surface to underneath and it starts to multiply. And given the chance, Staphy can infect the skin and the underlying tissues, release toxins, and may affect your child's immune response. This makes Staphy the culprit behind wound infection.

Staphy is one bacteria moms must fight at all cost.

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