Sick of Being Sick! - Maple Lake,MN

Updated on March 05, 2007
K.W. asks from Maple Lake, MN
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My daughter and I are now on our 3rd cold since the begining of the year. My husband is some how very lucky and doesn't seam to get them. 3 in less than 2 months seams like a lot to me. I think she is getting them from the nursery at church or the child care at the gym, we don't have much contact with people other than that. I was thinking of going to the Dr, but I am afraid it will just be a waste. That he will say it is just cold season. Anyone have any ideas? My daughter has been pretty healthy up until this point.
Also, how can I help her feel better? She is in pretty good spirits, but her nose and face are awefully chapped. I have really stepped up on keeping vasaline in her face to try and keep it soft. But any other ideas would be appreciated!

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C.A.

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Hi K.,
I know how you feel with being sick so much. My 2 boys are almost 4 and 18 months, and they've been battling a lot of junk this winter. I'm not a doctor, but if she has a lot of (pardon the word usage) snot running out of her nose, I'd take her in. Every time I've done that, my kids have had a sinus infection. Also, if you have a cool mist humidifier (safer than warm), I'd put that on for her when she naps and at night when she's sleeping. And I've also found that Aquafor is a very good "lotion" for really dry skin. What's good about it, too, is that you can use it around their mouth, and if it gets ingested, it's okay.

Hope some of this helps! :)

C.

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J.L.

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Are you taking any supplements to boost your immune systems? Sodium ascorbate (vit. c)--I order mine through www.vitaglo.com and it's NOW brand--1/2 tsp. is over 1,000 mg. MAINTENANCE DOSES
FOR AN ADULT probably 3,000-5,000 mg per day (divided in 2 or 3 doses - so
that would be 1,000 - 1500 mg three times a day or so)
When I feel a cold coming on I up it, take zinc, echinacea...
Also, I've been seeing a homeopath, David Johnson, out of the Omanni Center in Pewaukee (worth the drive. I am a kindergarten teacher and get tons of germs, but rarely get sick since starting a constitutional remedy. I've got strep, pink eye, and lots of flu too this month.
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M.S.

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Have you and Hubby tried taking vitamins? I also have been taking that AirBorne tablets and haven't gotten sick since I took them.
This nasty weather is really taking a tole on our kids health. You have a little one, but I remind my kids to cover thier coughs, sneezes and wash wash wash hands...
Plus I use those lysol wipes and try to disinfect as much as I can.
I'm a daycare provider and I am sick of the sickies as well :)

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H.L.

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I suggest getting some ventilation in the house. Go play outside. Buy some hand sanitizer. You can call your doctor and see what they say, tell him simply you do not want to come in and hear it's cold season. Eat more vitamin C. Take Ecinacea (sp). Did you get flu shots? Those can actually make you sick....

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N.J.

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Depending on her cold, it is the season and it just sounds like you two are having just a ball passing it back and fourth to one another.

I would stop using vasaline on her face immediately. It has petroleum in it and really only dries it out more in the long run. You could go to Lunds or Byerlys and get some Baby Burts Bees products, the products are all natural and won't reverse what your trying to accomplish.

Another thing that may clear up the congestion is taking a vapor bath, they have vapor bath for babies by johnson & johnson and (truthfully I use this too), it is very very calming and tends to help clear up congestion in a few days.

good luck.

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B.H.

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Everyone has been super duper sick this year. I think we didn't get our deep freeze til late in the season this year or something. Being at a daycare will definately make your child non stop sick with colds and viruses. I would try and not use daycares as much as possible in the winter months if at all possible. My daughter and I have both had strep throat twice in 3 months plus colds. This time of year I get really crazy and bring antibacterial gel everywhere we go and wash our hands ALOT.

If your daughter or you have a cough that won't go away or green or brownish discharge from your nose I would go in for a possible sinus infection or bronchitis but if it's just a cold there is nothing the doctor can do.

Good Luck, I also love your daughters name Mylie that's a cute one I've never heard before.

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B.T.

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Hi K.,
The best thing to put on your kids before they go in the cold and right after they come back in, that I was referred to by Dr's and my old daycare lady is the Eucerin cream (not lotion). You can get it at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, basically anywhere. Vaseline is a dryant. It is making her cheeks worse. As far as germs, maybe you can volunteer at your church once a week to disinfect the toys your child may play with or if your gym is the YMCA, you could also volunteer there too for the same thing. Lysol or Clorox has a new product thats safe for babies that disinfects toys, surfaces, etc. that kids can touch and put in there mouths. I have 4 kids and I went the last 3 months with the same and I bleached everything down and washed their bedding in hot water with bleach or color safe bleach and wiped down anywhere the kids touch, including the doorknobs, any handles, refrigerator handle, microwave handle, railings, dishwasher handle, telephones, and got all new toothbrushes. They shouldn't use the same one anyway after a cold. I also purchased a Floppy Seat (shopping seat cover) that covers the whole sitting area in a shopping cart, it also goes on public high chairs and even public baby swings. I got mine yesterday at Babies R Us in Roseville on clearance for $29.98, usually $39.99. Here is the link to look at it:

www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2267259&c...

Just copy and paste in the www area above on your computer. I really hope this helps you out. I understand it gets hard during those times! Good Luck

Blesst

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N.B.

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Hey there, K.. Hang in there... cold season can be rough, especially if it seems that no one else is getting sick. My suggestions may be "no brainers" but they really help us get through the nasty times without too much trouble. I make sure to keep anti-bacterial hand sanitizer on hand (NO TRICLOSAN...it makes things worse... only alcohol based should be used). I also make sure that my little boy gets his daily chewable vitamin (he likes the gummy bear type ones) and that he washes his hands well and often just like me. Pushing the fluids (non milk-based... milk items cause phlemn (sp?) build up)helps loosen things up and flush them from your system, too. I suffer from what seems like chronic sinus infections, and it appeared that my little boy was going to also, but the steps I implemented above really helped... and so far (fingers are crossed as I say this) he's been cold free all winter! Just remember to go back to milk based drinks once the cold is better/gone... or the phlemn isn't a problem. Good luck... and focus on positive things! ;o)

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J.B.

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Hi
Poor you and poor little girl! My two year old suffered really badly with chapped cheeks and chin. I was getting through so much Vaseline and it just didn't do the trick. Luckily I came across a wonderful range of natural products by a Minnesota company called Daisy Blue Naturals and i switched to their baby range - i wash him only with their Honey&Calendula baby bar and I use the matching baby lotion on his face and body. His skin is a million times better and I've been using the products myself as the winters make me very dry and itchy!

I'm so impressed with it that I'm planning to become a consultant - i'm just waiting for my work permit as I'm British. The website for the consultant I used is www.3623.daisybluenaturals.com and I know she'd be happy to advise you. If I was up and running I could send you some samples but it will be another few weeks. I'd be happy to give you more info though if you want to contact me directly on [email protected]____.com

On the cold front - my 5 year old was always full of cold and had a perminently runny nose. It turned out to be a problem with adenoids and he has only had one cold since he had them removed last april. I think we might have to go the same way with our 2 year old as he seems to get everything

good luck!
J.

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J.B.

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We. like everyone else do not have time to be sick. I have been very fortunate that my children, 10, 8, and 2 are rarely ill. The very first sign of a cold I always start treatment. For the 2 year old it consists of a warm bath followed by a rub down/massage with a good lotion that his skin takes well from head to toe, a dose of tylenol cold medicine, baby vicks vapor rub on the chest, humidifier going in his room, keeping up with his nose with a soft tissue, putting vasoline when needed, and lots and lots of water and relaxation. I also try to keep him from going anywhere for a couple days and when permitted open up the windows to get the old air out, and fresh air in. It really seems to have curbed his colds. Same thing goes for you mom. Rest, warm shower, and lots of water.

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C.O.

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I have three kids and when my first son was 22 months and my second son was 9 months they both got a really bad cold. I toke them in to the doctor, I thought it might have developed into pneumonia. It didn't and the doctor didn't tell me anything that I didn't already know. After that awful incident I finally listened to my mom and gave my kids vitamins on a daily basis. This happened in August of 2006 (who gets a cold in August). Neither one of them has had a cold since. The vitamins that I give them are made by a company called Eniva. My mother is a distrubuter. If you would like information on the vitamins just e-mail me at [email protected]____.com.

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P.K.

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You're probably right about her bringing home little germs from daycare. When my little one was in daycare (and still is) the first year, she had cold after cold, and so did we because we were getting everything she had. Luckily, it does get better...and soon, she will have been exposed to most common colds that her ammune system will be stronger than most kids her age. The good thing about colds is that each cold is different from the other and once you get the strain of cold...you can't get it again. What you get the next time you get a cold is a different cold strain that you haven't been exposed to before. You're husband perhaps had those colds already long ago so he isn't getting it this time because he's already had it. now, my 3 yr old almost NEVER gets sick...because common colds just don't affect her...she most likely already had most common colds in her first year or 2 at daycare. I'd say, if it hangs on for more than 2 weeks, or the symptoms get way worse, then see your doc. Good luck. And, try sucking on Cold-Eeze caugh drops at the first sign of a cold...even a little tiny itch in the back of your throat that tells you that you might be getting sick, toss that drop in, one after another until it's gone. It'll make your symptoms alot more tollerable. They also have suckers for your little one and they come in yummy flavors that kids like, bubblegum, grape, etc.

As far as the chapped areas, use Breastfeeding nipple creams...those are great for chapped areas around the mouth.

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S.O.

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You know, I have the exact same problem. We started taking the kids to babysitting at the gym in Jan. and they have had runny noses or something else since then. One of my boys has such a chapped, red face from all the wiping of his nose, it is just awful. I have been trying everything I can think of too. I would love to know if you come up with anything that works. With kids, you do have to be careful what you give them,etc.... as you know. I agree with you about the doctor, it probably would be just a waste of time and money. Just wanted to let you know you are not the only one dealing with this! Take care and I hope things get better soon! If I can find anything that works, I will let you know!
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R.

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My doctor recommends using lanolin (the stuff to help sore nipples during breastfeeding) for chapped checks & noses. I haven't tried it, but she uses it on her kids--says it works better than vasoline. You may wish to set up a humidifier in her room/living room to keep the air moist to reduce chapping. Stay out of the dr. office if you can--they are loaded with more germs to take home, and there isn't really anything they can help you with. I have two daughters (4 & 17 months), and we also use our church nursery and gym childcare (our outings for the week!); I carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer & use it regularly, as well as washing hands as often as we can. This winter is tough--there are all sorts of new germs for your daughter out there, and you are so lucky that she shares them with you:) Be thankful that it isn't any worse--colds are manageable, stomach flu is horrible!!!!! Hang in there--spring will be here soon!

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K.W.

answers from Minneapolis on

Try Zicam. I swear by it. You take it at the first sign of cold symptoms and keep taking it until 48 hours after all symptoms have dissapeared. It comes in many different forms but the only one I have used is the one you spray in your mouth. It tastes gross but really works. Good Luck!!

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