Hi Steve Barwick here, for The Silver Edge…
In an article titled "Inflatable Bounce Houses Spreading Serious Infection to Kids," the author wrote:
"One of the most popular attractions, by far, at many birthday parties and other fun events for children is the inflatable bounce house.
These trampoline-like, inflatable playgrounds can keep most children occupied for hours at a time.
But they can also carry great risk. Brenda Sanderson noticed a series of odd sores on her 10-year-old son's body in the days after he played in a bouncy house at a summer graduation party.
At first, both Sanderson and her son wrote off the sores as nothing more than burn marks from the plastic on the bounce house, which seemed like a plausible explanation.
But only after a trip to the doctor was her worst nightmare confirmed.
The marks, which were growing in size and emitting ooze, indicated a full-blown staph infection."
The article goes on to warn that topical staph infections "can easily turn into a deadly situation if they're not treated quickly and properly."
Of course, what the author is talking about is MRSA, the deadly, drug-resistant form of Staph that infects some 94,000 Americans each year, killing up to 20% of those in which the infection ends up going blood-borne, due to the fact that modern antibiotic drugs are no longer effective against the pathogen.
Indeed, Staph was once easily treated with penicillin, but the organism is now completely resistant. Even the more powerful prescription antibiotic drug, methicillin, barely touches this deadly superbug.
Cleanliness is the Key
Children's bounce houses are much like gym equipment in that dozens or even hundreds of people might use them daily, but they're often not cleaned afterwards to the exacting standards needed to thoroughly disinfect and help prevent the spread of the Staph bug.
According to the Colloidal Silver Cures MRSA website, it's important to understand that the Staph pathogen "lives on the skin of most people, but in its mutated state it can cause death in humans within a matter of days if it works its way into the blood stream through a minor scratch or scrape on the skin or an open sore, wound, cut or boil."
Staph is most often spread through people-to-people contact – touching, shaking hands, hugging, etc.
It can also be spread simply by touching a contact surface that someone with the pathogen living on their skin has also touched, including door knobs, public counter tops, hand rails, public restrooms and water faucets, public telephones, ATM machines, shopping cart handles, drinking fountain buttons, chairs, table tops, and yes, even children's bounce houses, gym equipment and more.
This is why both Staph infections, as well as the deadly, drug-resistant form of Staph known as MRSA, have been spreading rapidly into the general public, infecting children in nurseries, public schools and daycare centers and public swimming pools, as well as adults in busy offices, gymnasiums, sports centers, churches, colleges, military facilities and other places where people congregate in groups or crowds.
Yes, even something as seemingly innocuous as a children's bounce house has now become a potential repository for the Staph pathogen, due to the difficulty involved in thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the "house" after dozens of children have been playing in it.
As one parent stated in an online comment:
"My four and six year olds had staph on their buttocks from a bounce house. My four year olds staph infection came back two times during that six months of treatment.
It was painful & embarrassing to my sweet girl. She has a nasty scar. The Velcro was exposed on the slide down & scratched my babies rear end. Within 24 hours they had staph."
Colloidal Silver to the Rescue!
According to the author of a related article:
"The best advice that can be given is to thoroughly cleanse any open wound your child may have after visiting a bounce house. Also, before renting such equipment, inquire about cleaning procedures to keep you and your guests safe."
I would add that after properly cleaning any cuts, scrapes, burns or other wounds received by a child after playing in a bounce house, it would be wise to also spray the affected area with colloidal silver and allow it to air dry.
If it were my child, I'd consider spraying the affected area at least several more times during the course of the day, and for several days afterwards, as a "just in case" measure.
Better still, after cleaning the affected area, one might consider applying a good colloidal silver gel (see "Germ-Busting Colloidal Silver Gels and Creams") to help prevent infection from setting in.
You can also take the bull by the horns beforehand, and use colloidal silver to disinfect the bounce house before the kids play in it.
In other words, after inflating a bounce house, but before allowing children to play in it, consider spraying the floor and walls of the bounce house with colloidal silver and allowing it to air dry.
Colloidal silver is one of the world's safest and most effective all-natural disinfectant agents. (Learn more by reading "Colloidal Silver: the Safe, Natural, Non-Toxic Home Disinfectant.")
Spraying the bounce house before children play in it can go a long way toward helping prevent infection and disease from spreading.
Let me briefly summarize just four of those studies for you now.
You may have seen some of this information in previous articles I've sent, so I'll keep it short. But at this point in time it's critical to understand how truly effective colloidal silver can be against MRSA:
Case #1: A Brigham-Young Clinical Study Proves Silver Kills MRSA – In this study, conducted quietly in October 2006 at Brigham-Young University, and published in the journal Current Science, it was found that a number of the antibiotic drugs which formerly killed MDR (multiple drug-resistant) pathogens such as MRSA could actually be restored to full efficacy against the deadly pathogens, butonly if a liquid silver solution of colloidal silver was used in conjunction with the drug! Since these antibiotic drugs had previously lost their effectiveness against the super pathogens, this study clearly demonstrated that the silver was the deciding factor in the deaths of the deadly drug-resistant pathogens!
Case #2: Iranian Clinical Study Proves Silver Increases Effectiveness of Antibiotic Drugs Against Staph – This study was conducted by the Department of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Medical Nanotechnology Research Center at the University of Tehran, Iran. It demonstrated that the addition of silver to three specific antibiotics (vancomycin, amoxicillin and penicillin) almost magically renews their effectiveness against today's most deadly pathogens, including MRSA (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus).
Case #3: Taiwanese Clinical Study Proves Colloidal Silver By Itself Kills MRSA – Another study, this one conducted by the Nanya Institute of Technology in Taiwan and published in the journal Colloids Surface B Biointerfaces in October 2007, also demonstrated that silver colloids kill both MRSA and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, another deadly and extremely opportunistic superbug. In this study, a special colloidal silver solution was tested on contact surfaces where the deadly pathogens are known to colonize, and from which they can spread to humans. The silver solution proved to be completely effective against both the MRSA and Pseudomonas super pathogens!
Case #4: Czech Clinical Study Proves Silver Particles Kill MRSA – This study was conducted at the Department of Physical Chemistry at Palacky University in the Czech Republic, and published in the prestigious Journal of Physical Chemistry B in August 2006. The study demonstrated that "…silver particles with a narrow size distribution with an average size of 25 nm showed high antimicrobial and bactericidal activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, including multi-resistant strains such as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)." The study further demonstrated that very low concentrations of silver could be utilized to destroy MRSA, as long as the silver particles were very small, averaging 25 nm.
As you can see, colloidal silver has been clinically proven to decimate the MRSA pathogen. Yet very few people know about this safe, natural way to help prevent (and heal) Staph and MRSA infections.
One Mother's Story
Here's a quick anecdotal account of one young mother's use of colloidal silver to get rid of the MRSA infections that had been plaguing her children for nearly three months:
"Greetings from a new Colloidal Silver user – my family has been battling MRSA plague for the past 3 months my oldest son being hospitalized and my daughter having a number of boils lanced by the doctor.
My internet research led me across Colloidal Silver and I ordered your Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator.
We've been using it topically on the MRSA sores, and taking small daily doses of colloidal silver orally, depending upon age and current severity of presence of MRSA boils.
My oldest son had a boil the size of a fist causing extreme stabbing pain and the doctor gave him a low grade antibiotic and refused to lance it despite appearance looking ready to explode.
I received the generator in the mail the next day and immediately made a batch and soaked large gauze pads in the Colloidal Silver to cover the boil.
The next morning a hole had opened the size of a nickel and a mass of infection pulled out with the gauze (also all swelling was gone) – reapplied this treatment several times a day for the next 2 days and the hole that had been a inch deep completely healed over.
I have also personally suffered for 8 years of a constant topical fungal rash under my breasts weeping and blistered and sometimes bleeding that numerous doctors said I would have to learn to live with and it is almost completely cleared up.
HALLELUJAH!!!!! I am making Colloidal Silver for everyone I know and giving it to them."
– Beth H.
And according to the wife of another MRSA victim, this one a grown adult:
"About 3 years ago, my husband had triple bypass surgery where he acquired MRSA in all the incisions on leg, thigh, and chest.
In the hospital, I carried in a squirt bottle of Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver, and he drank it all through the day.
We applied colloidal silver solution to his packing material, and bandages 3 times a day after he got home from the hospital.
It still took about a month to heal up, but in 4 subsequent tests after that, there is NO further signs of MRSA.
CURED totally with no recurrence for the last 3 years."
– Kathy W.
Finally, as Dr. Michael Cutler, M.D., of Easy Health Options newsletter has stated:
"I've touted the benefits of pure micro-particle colloidal silver for years to anyone that would listen.
Frankly, it's the best way I know to quickly heal cuts, scrapes, sores and burns... treat a host of common illnesses such as colds, flus and sore throats... as well as kill nasty germs on cutting boards, kitchen counters, tooth brushes and even your pet's water bowl.
But most importantly is how it can protect you from the deadly pathogen MRSA that has become resistant to almost all known prescription antibiotics.
Having a colloidal silver generator as part of your first aid kit just makes sense... especially if you ever find yourself in an emergency with no access to a doctor or hospital."
– Michael Cutler, M.D., Editor, Easy Health Options
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