Let’s be honest. Kids are grotty. Their hands have touched and poked random crap out of curiosity, they sweat buckets from playing, the are professional nose pickers (he literally handed me a booger yesterday), and most have yet to grasp the idea of covering their mouths when sneezing or coughing.
My 3 year old started school 2 weeks ago. In 2 weeks I’ve kept him home 3 days, 2 separate infections, the first, fever and sore throat, and the second, a cold/cough… Both times he’s almost lost his voice.. Apparently I’m getting off easy… I haven’t experienced ‘Attack of the school gastro’ yet. (And I’m heavily crossing my fingers).
I started to think that maybe schools and other kid areas are dirty and gross and aren’t well kept. I send my child to a private and brand new (newly built in December last year) school with a small amount of students. There are only 10 kids in his class and still he has picked up the germies. He also got sick in the small time frame I sent him to childcare in Sydney. Surely they (all schools etc) cant be germ infested holes.
I’ve been reading up this stuff and have come to the conclusion that:
Kids are just gross (including mine) and germy
They soak up infection and bacteria like sponges
They have low immunity if they don’t mingle with the rest of the world.
So what to do?
Apparently, not much. I can boost my kid’s immune system by feeding him veggies or if he doesn’t like a variety of them, get him on some chewy kid vitamins. I can teach him to regularly wash his hands (which is no problem, Chance doesn’t like his hands dirty anyway). I can show him to cover up when sneezing & coughing and I can shower and clean him regularly (at least once a day).
Also I’ve heard the more he interacts with other kids and gets sick, the better immunity he will have to infection later on.
So let your kid be social, don’t stress too much if they eat a bit of dirt and roll through those minor infections, it is said to be good for them.
And for Fs sake, if your kid has a contagious something, please don’t send them to school to infect mine…The attack of the school germs is not fun!
I’ve added a guide below
Lastly, if anyone has any tips on how we can battle through this please comment below. I would love to know how you have coped with the germ factor.