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Old 02-19-2014, 06:24 PM   #1
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When your kids get sick, do you?

Does it depend on the illness? Just wondering what the "norm" seems to be. I've never thought twice about catching something from my kids- they can drool, cough, sneeze, rub snot on me, etc... whenever they get sick. UNLESS it's a stomach bug. Then I go all crazy and try to keep my distance.

I rarely get sick, and in 7 years of parenting have only caught one stomach bug (second one in my life that I have a memory of). ...going to knock on wood now!

Dh get sick much more often than I do, he usually gets at least a cold from whatever they have, or maybe it's just his allergies. IDK. I *maybe* get one cold a year. Maybe I just have a good immune system!

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Old 02-19-2014, 06:31 PM   #2
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That is the reason children are sick more often than adults- they are building their immune system. Immune systems can also be compromised by stress as well as other factors and not function as well.

My 5 children attend 4 different schools, I'm in nursing school, and my husband works at 2 hospitals so our germ pools are large and diverse! I seem to get a cold or some mild respiratory illness that lasts on and off through most of the winter. I also am always taking care of any sick children so anything I'm not able to fight off I get.
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Old 02-19-2014, 06:32 PM   #3
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Not usually but Tharen does tend to get pink eye and share it. Actually he is more prone to getting things that he shares than Kearnan. Kearnan is sick more often but I never catch what he has (except the time he had Roto, that was gross because I was sick longer than he was). Poor Kearnan was sick most of this summer and I never caught any of it, of course West Nile isn't contagious that way. Tharen will catch something, be sick for a few hours (really, like maybe 12 hours tops) and then next thing I know I'm sick. Usually it is a stomach bug too. Luckily it doesn't happen often, he is never really sick other than pink eye. I don't know what is up with that but he seems really prone to it.
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Very very rarely..... like i can think of just once since having children that we ALL got the same thing from each other (the worst stomach bug i have EVER had!!) *knock on wood*

The kids used to pass stuff around to each other and to DH fairly frequently but i think i have mastered my cleaning/disinfecting to a point where now an illness just affects one person, maybe two at most before being snuffed out.
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Very very rarely..... like i can think of just once since having children that we ALL got the same thing from each other (the worst stomach bug i have EVER had!!) *knock on wood*

The kids used to pass stuff around to each other and to DH fairly frequently but i think i have mastered my cleaning/disinfecting to a point where now an illness just affects one person, maybe two at most before being snuffed out.
It is all dependent upon the pathogen's mode of transference- you can't disinfect a bug that has droplet transference. You must all have high functioning immune systems.
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It is all dependent upon the pathogen's mode of transference- you can't disinfect a bug that has droplet transference. You must all have high functioning immune systems.
Thank you. I was feeling dirty. As toddlers my kids sleep on me when sick. It is really hard not to catch what they have.

Now as older kids I don't get what they have as often. Only occasionally.
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Nope. Dh usually does though.

I think he brings half of the germs from his work.
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Re: When your kids get sick, do you?

Never from dd1 but all the time from dd2. It's kind of odd. dd2 is a less cuddly kids than dd1 was too.
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We've basically had a cycle of colds go through our house since November. As soon as we start to feel better a new one comes into the house. It's been awful. Before kids I hardly ever got sick, but now that the kids are in daycare, I take transit, DH works with the public, etc. germs just keep getting picked up.
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Nope. Dh usually does though.

I think he brings half of the germs from his work.
This. Since the girls and I stay home most of the time, we rarely get sick. Dh gets sick, then the girls, then I may get it. Usually I don't (ironically I can't breathe through my nose as I type this from a cold or something I have caught from the baby!)
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