Last night, I took one of my daughters (7 months old) to see the doctor because I thought she had pink eye. I was right. Now, I’m supposed to try to keep her from touching her eyes, and to keep her hands clean so she doesn’t spread it to anyone else. This is only the second time the girls have been sick. Last time was a cold that everyone in the house had. But now I’m thinking about the coming fall and winter’s cold and flu season. I use separate wash clothes for girls when one is sick, but they still sleep together, play together, and spend most of the day close together. And, I don’t sterilize between breastfeedings :).
What do you do when one multiple gets sick, especially when they are too young to understand about washing hands and coughing in their sleeves? How do you manage with two sick, demanding little ones? And, for those with older children, how do you teach them to avoid spreading germs when they are contagious?