The four letters no mom wants to hear…M.R.S.A.

by Sarah on August 22, 2011

When I first thought of Tag a Towels it was something to make my life easier. I wanted a simple way to tell my husband which towel was mine so that he wouldn’t steal it anymore. I was sick of always using a new towel because I wasn’t sure which hanging white towel was mine. The laundry was out of control and I couldn’t wash towels fast enough to keep up with our excessive towel use.

So I designed Tag a Towels and started on my path to find out just what it takes to bring a product to market.

Four letters no mom wants to hear…M.R.S.A.

One year later and my daughter woke up one morning with a sore on her bottom. She had been having a rash but what was previously a little red was now a mean, aggressive looking sore. I took her to the doctors first thing and found out that it was a staph infection she had likely gotten from a recent trip to the beach. As if that wasn’t scary enough, the doctor feared it was MRSA with how fast it was growing. (It had doubled in size over night.)

The physician said they needed to do minor surgery right away to drain the infection out. She immediately put in a call and found that the surgeon was in the building and could do an impromptu minor surgery on my one year old daughter. It was a whirlwind and it happened fast. I had to help calm her down as she screamed in terror with a “what is going on?” look in her eye. It broke my heart. It scared me.

We had to have another minor surgery one week later after they felt the infection wasn’t going away fast enough, even with her on aggressive antibiotics. Oh and this time they had officially determined that she had MRSA.

Through all my research on MRSA I found that sharing towels is one of the top ways the disease is shared. And here’s the thing. You may not have a sore or be on antibiotics or even know that you have MRSA on your skin, but tons and tons of people are “colonized with staph.” They live with it and have no symptoms.

It was while I was running our towels though a bleach cycle and cleaning our bathroom, that I realized now just how important bringing my idea, Tag a Towels to market really was.  They were no longer just a tool to help me with cutting down on laundry or saving my marriage from towel takings. Now, Tag a Towels were a necessity. We needed them to make sure that our family was kept safe.

“Keep your cooties to yourself”

(That’s our famous tag line. It usually gets a chuckle.)

In the most simplest of terms (hey, I’m no doctor!), we all have “cooties” but those cooties are our own. Our bodies have different antibodies capable of doing different stuff. So while you may be cool with your cooties, if I catch them I may not be used to them and they could turn into an infection.

With Tag a Towels you can still do your part in conserving by reusing your towel but you can do it safely while keeping your cooties to yourself.

Update on my little one

My daughter did have a few recurrences of MRSA. That’s another bummer about this disease, once you get it, you have it and it can pop up again more easily. So it’s really important to stay clean and do your best not to share cooties. She’s now just shy of four and is doing great. Her last occurrence was so long ago that I can’t remember the date!

Want to keep your family safe while also teaching conservation and organization? Visit our store and find tags for everyone!

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Amanda August 23, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I had NO idea the importance of this. I’m so happy and grateful you have brought this to light and I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these!!!! xoxoxo

Melody Granger August 23, 2011 at 8:54 pm

So sorry to hear the news about your daughter. That is scary!

LOVE your story and can definitely relate. I stopped trying to reuse my towel years ago for this very reason. I am NOT into sharing body skin cooties!!! Blah.

Congrats on following up on your idea. I think that is absolutely fabulous.

Have fun on your next beach trip!


Mom's Best Bets August 25, 2011 at 1:28 am

MRSA is def no joke! Thanks for sharing that story and a great reminder about not spreading germs. I also love how cute Taga towel is:)

Anne SamoIilov September 3, 2011 at 3:38 am

I had no idea about MRSA until you told me the story of your little girl! Thanks for sharing it here again and reminding us all about not spreading germs — and not sharing towels!
Can’t wait to get these for our little family — and to keep my husband off my towel!!


AZhara September 6, 2011 at 5:34 am

woow ! never heard of it before now, i’d wish that on no one ! hope the best for the little one ! and awesome idea i totally need this in my home ,being the designated clothes major and all! talk about keeping sanity! thumbs up!

Kasey@AllThingsMamma September 13, 2011 at 2:34 am

WOW! I didn’t know you could get MRSA that way! So glad your baby girl is OK!

I do know that I am always freaked out about using other towels and vise versa. I am excited to try Tag A Towel in my family!

Holly Murphy May 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Sarah, I totally empathize with your desire to keep your towel dry with so many others in the house. I am sorry about what happened with your daughter. I have become increasingly fearful about the whole towel situation. My husband, our 4 adopted children, and I, adopted a sibling group of 7 to our family of 6. It has been two years now and I am only beginning to get a handle on all of this. Laundry was the first thing I had to master. I finally, about a month ago, started a family closet which seems to be making things better. My husband and I have been trying to come up with a system for the towels, which is our second big problem. This sounds amazing. I am always so afraid that the kids are going to give each other a disease and we have had a problem with my football playing boys and fungal on their heads…sigh. Anyway, I am going to show this to him when he gets home and hopefully order some! Can I pin these?

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