Sick times two

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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?

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6 thoughts on “Sick times two”

  1. My twin girls are 14 mos. and my older DD is 5. We currently have the dreaded Coxsackie (hand foot & mouth disease contracted from cousin in daycare at his 2nd b-day party) that is devastating our home. It has been 2 weeks and running now because of course, they don’t all get it at the same time, they take turns: baby #1 passing to baby #2 who passes it to big sis.

    I have accepted that the little ones will just get whatever the other has because they are playing with the same toys and stealing each other’s sippy cups, bottles, binkies, etc. My older daughter has escaped most colds, but this one hit her – she just couldn’t resist “eating their chubby little hands and kissing them”. She understands the germ thing – wash hands often, keep saliva to oneself – because I am ALWAYS reminding her. It’s the kissing that gets them every time.

    My only advice is vigilance on your part with the hand washing and hopefully a little luck. As for dealing with it, like everything else, I am finding that we survive it minute by minute sometimes. Wish I could offer more. This too shall pass.

  2. I agree with Cindy, beyond handwashing there is little you can do to minimize them passing things to each other. I may be crazy but I’m a rip-the-bandaid off mom and would rather have them both be sick at the same time and get it over with then have lingering sickness in the house. It makes it more likely that Jon and I will catch.

    But the top reason I do not want to go back to newborn twin days is ALL the illness. My boys were in group care and that first cold and flu season was brutal. Now they fight off tons of stuff, so totally worth it.

    (And if it makes you feel better, I’ve found sick babies to be easier to care for than sick toddlers. Sick toddlers get angry and stay angry! ha ha!)
    .-= LauraC´s last blog ..Phone Photo Friday =-.

  3. I agree with the previous commenters. When they were younger the Dr. pretty much said it was unavoidable so I didn’t sweat it. Now that they are older and are putting less things in their mouths etc. I am a bit more careful b/c it seems it is somewhat avoidable. As far as teaching them not to spread germs mine are still young but we already encourage them to cover their mouths and wash hands. Good luck. All that sickenss is tough.
    .-= becky@oursweetpeas´s last blog ..So Happy It’s Friday! =-.

  4. One of my kids got pinkeye around that same age. My beloved pediatrician did the best thing ever: saw him, diagnosed it, and wrote me a double prescription so I wouldn’t have to come back (and pay more co-pays) when the other baby got it. Sure enough, just as soon as the first kid finished the week-long treatment, the other got it. Already had enough eye goop. Whew!

    At that age, and even still now at 2, I just accept that any illness is just going to run its way through our house and hope it pays off in improved immunities later on.

  5. oh, goodness. i threw up a little bit inside my mouth remembering months 4-8 and all the illnesses in our home (coincidentally or not, the same period of time the twins were in daycare before we pulled them home to stay with a nanny).

    In hindsight, the best part of the colds and the stomach bugs was that THEY COULDN’T WALK YET. Now mobile, I dread the diarrhea and sickies that will inevitably hit our home this winter.

    Wash your hands a ton. Wash theirs a ton. Quarantine well family members when possible. And pray.
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..“Single-Parenting” Twins Requires A Solid Zone Defense =-.

  6. My daughter is 4 and my twins are 2.5. We wash hands a lot, 4 yr old has been taught to cough in her sleeve (although she doesn’t always remember) but honestly, when one gets sick, usually the whole house gets sick, including myself. My daughter was 2 when the twins were born and when she started preschool, we were overwhelmed with the sickies. The twins had their first cold at about 4 weeks. I was fanatical about keeping her and them apart, but in the end, it was futile. Cold and flu season is relentless and I’ve just accepted it. We get sick a lot, but I know it won’t be like this forever.
    .-= Momlissa´s last blog ..Makes My Monday – Cookie, ME! =-.

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