Big-Boy Bike equals Big-Boy Bumps! How to Prevent MRSA Infections

August 14, 2012

Last week my 3 1/2 year old, Andrew shocked us all.  He started riding his BIG-boy bike – without ever using training wheels.  I almost didn’t believe it myself, and still to this day I am in total awe.

Big Boy Bike

He’s riding all over the streets and going down hills and everything.  Leading me towards heart-failure, and {Hopefully not} grey hair.

Along with bike-riding also comes much larger-scaled owies. It’s a good thing that Andrew is so tough, because when he falls – he just gets up and moves on.

toddler injury toddler hurt from bike

These two big owies are due to riding the bike this week.  The one on the right is FRESH.

Being that this is my first time through this stage of Mommy-Hood, I didn’t realize that with more open cuts and scrapes – there is a much larger chance of MRSA infections.

What the HECK is MRSA???

MRSA is a highly contagious staph bacteria that can infect skin, invade other parts of the body and is resistant to many antibiotics. MRSA is highly prevalent in places where children come in close contact with one another like day care centers, playgrounds, locker rooms, classrooms, gymnasiums and sports facilities. MRSA info

Actually – after reading a bit more about this infection, I am definitely concerned about the open wounds that my son has.

But how does one Prevent an MRSA infection?

One major thing to remember in order to prevent MRSA infections is to keep the area clean and covered. But the best thing to do is apply some SAFESKIN Kids Antibacterial Gel to the wound, and then bandage the wound.


hygiene for kids

SAFESKIN* Kids Antibacterial Gel is a must-have for any mom’s first aid kit. Unlike topical antibiotic ointments, SAFESKIN* Kids Antibacterial Gel provides a barrier to MRSA, an infection that spreads via skin-to-skin contact when playing sports like wrestling, football, baseball or rugby, or from hard surfaces in gyms and locker rooms.

SAFESKIN Kids Antibacterial Gel offers a long-lasting protective barrier on minor cuts, scrapes, wounds, burns and bug bites– up to 48 hours.

So with these fresh wounds, and the information in my head about the MRSA infections, I used the store locator and am heading to the Walgreens down the street to buy some SAFESKIN Kids Antibacterial Gel – maybe a few so I can have some in the car with me as well.

safeskin coupon

It’s about $4.95 – but if you check SAFESKIN out on Facebook – you’ll find a product coupon for $1.00 off the SAFESKIN Kids Antibacterial Gel as well as locations where it is sold.

I received compensation from Kimberly-Clark Professional in the form of a gift card and product samples to participate in this campaign promoting the SAFESKIN* Kids Antibacterial Gel.


  1. Wow I didn’t realize it was so much a problem. I will have to remember keep an eye on my granddaughters while they arte playing out on our farm. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sandy VanHoey says:

    That is SO early to be riding a bike. Gosh, I remember when my daughter was 5 and teaching her. And my grandson is 5 but…well, to be fair, he has a bike but nowhere to ride unless we take him to the park because of crazy drivers around here. Those boo-boo’s look painful. My ex had MRSA after a surgery…tough one to get rid of so thanks for sharing the MRSA info. I need to pick some up too.

  3. Being a nurse I know about MRSA but had not heard of the product. I will be going to Walgreens to pick some up, thanks!

  4. Now that RJ is going to be in a larger group setting, I think this will find its way into my medicine cabinet!

  5. I’ve obviously heard about MRSA before but never really knew what it was or what it could do! Thank you for this! Off to print out my coupon for SAFESKIN 🙂

  6. I knew MRSA was a big deal, but I had NO idea that you could get it from a simple cut :(. SafeSkin sounds great, I’ll have to purchase some. Also, congrats to your big boy! Yayyyy!!!!

  7. I had heard about MRSA but for some reason thought it was something people picked up in hospitals.

  8. I have not heard about MRSA, but great information that you put out there about it. I will have to remember to purchase this to keep in our medical kit.

  9. Thanks for the post! Being in school for the medical field, I hear way to many horror stories! Good info!

  10. Thank you for this! Will keep it in mind.

  11. I had to come back and read this again. Think I will file it for future use. Also thanks for the info on the Safe Skin and coupon.

  12. I knew someone who had MRSA and it is scary stuff. I appreciate you sharing a product that can help keep MRSA away!


  13. Thanks for the coupon

  14. It just made me think back to school is so close. It would be a good idea to grab some at CVS next time I am there. Thanks Amy 🙂

  15. We get lots of cuts and scrapes in this house. Never really knew about MRSA…thanks for the info and a coupon for a product to help keep it away!

  16. MRSA is an awful bacteria. We use Monofoil antimicroibal spray in our home and on our kids athletic equipment to make sure that we keep the bio-burden down. I like it because it is always working and has a residual base. Has kept the odors doan as well in shoes etc. The problem with bleach, etc. is that it works for that moment and stops. Plus it leaches and allows for super-bugs. As someone who has seen MRSA and staph in action in a medical environment, I’m glad that companies like above are trying to keep our children safe!

  17. Vickie Couturier says:

    There are so many bacterias around now that didnt used to be,wonder why?MRSA is serious an can be fatal if not caught quickly,,my grown son had it on his mouth from a piercing on his lip,,it was not pretty an he was on medications for a long time

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