September 14, 2010,
A.M. asks from Saint Petersburg, FL on September 13, 2010
HELP! How to Stay Well with a Sick Child?
My 3-month-old son is sick for the first time after being in daycare for only a week. I knew that would probably happen, I have enough friends with kids to know the drill. What I need to know from you all is what I can do to stay well with a sick child? Of course, I am sick now and he's finally getting over it but I would REALLY like to make this the first and last time this happens. I'm sure that's wishful thinking but any tips or tricks you experienced moms can pass me are appreciated.
L.C. answers from Tampa on September 14, 2010
I take airborne. If it is upper resp, I take a Chinese her formula called Yin Qiao. Wash hand frequently. Try not to kiss child on lip or let them cough on you. (good luck there). Get plenty of rest (good luck on that one too)
I think I have only gotten sick with my daughter once or twice- colds. One time I gave it to her. In the Land O Lakes, area, there is bug going around. I know several people who have. Including my daughter who went to the Dr. Yesterday.
M.H. answers from Chicago on September 13, 2010
3 things happen to get sick. 1. being introduced to the germs, 2. lack of rest /weakened immune system 3. has to have an entrance to the body.. eyes, nose, mouth.
My son has had a few colds, but overall has been pretty healthy. Good immune system and lots of rest seems to help.
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K.G. answers from Fort Wayne on September 13, 2010
wash your hands all the time. get the vit C going, those emergen C packets you mix with water is great. be aware that vit C only stays in your system about 12 hours. So you will need to take a dose every 12. use hand santizer, wash your childs bink it he uses one everyday putting it in the dish washer is perfect. wipe down his toys and crib and dont forget to wipe down his car seat with clorox wipes. Just get into that groove and you should be ok. gl
B.B. answers from Miami on September 14, 2010
As soon as you start feeling down take elderberry syrup, it does wonders!!! Just check all the reviews about this product online.
Unfortunately you can't give it to your baby because he is too young (some brands of the syrup you can give to 1 1/2 years old)
Hope that helps. Also you can buy those at vitamin shoppe.
K.M. answers from Tampa on September 14, 2010
T.F. answers from Miami on September 14, 2010
Yup- germs are inevitable in that environment and it scared the heck out of me when my kids first started preschool, but shortly before that my whole family started taking Juice Plus and I was amazed that my kids rarely got sick and they still don't. When they do, I give everyone e little extra and it's gone in 2-3 days. Juice Plus is not a juice and it's not a vitamin. It's nothing more than whole food nutrition - 17 fresh fruits and vegetables in a chewable form (or capsules for adults). My kids LOVE them - they are very yummy, I often steal some of theirs! If you want more info, check out this website: http://JPGotHealth.com
Your 3-month old may be too young to start taking them, but you can and later you can add him on when he can chew better.....just a thougt...good luck and feel better!
M.H. answers from Miami on September 14, 2010
Oh, I feel your pain. Been there, done that. It's so frustrating, but I promise it will get better. I found that I was getting sick, too, whenever my son was sick. All you can do is try to eat well, get as much rest as possible, and take your vitamins. Eventually you will build up your immunity and you won't get sick every time he's sick. I found that it took about 6 months before I built up my immunity. Just try to practice good handwashing after you wipe his nose, wipe down toys and door knobs, etc. It's hard, though. Hang in there. I wish I had more advice, but it really just takes time. Not to be a pessimist, but this won't be the last time this happens. My son was sick almost every 1-2 months with colds no matter what I did. He only goes part-time and it didn't matter. You will get very frustrated at times, but there's only so much you can do. He's now almost 3 and rarely gets sick, so just know that although he will get sick a lot the first year, it will dramatrically decrease after that. You just need a little time to build up your immunity to the daycare germs and then you 'll find you're much more resistant to the little colds he'll bring home. Good luck.
S.F. answers from Reno on September 13, 2010
Wash hands frequently. Keep up on healthy eating and sleep. Avoid touching your face after handling your sick baby.
P.W. answers from Dallas on September 13, 2010
build the immune system for both you and your baby. My husband and I rarely get sick since we started a vitamin regiment. Your baby can start on a powder when he is 6 months old, but you can get started. There are specific things to especially help with immunity. Let me know if I can make recommendations.