I recently was miserable, sick and completely unproductive when I caught an especially nasty cold that turned into bronchitis. If you’ve never had it, bronchitis sucks. A lot.
I was nasty enough the doctor kept me home from work for a couple of days so I might actually get better.
I feel like I have been sick A LOT more since having children. I mean, a lot more.
As part of being unproductive, I did a little digging. Turns out, I was right.
“The team found that people living in childless houses are infected with viruses just 3-4 weeks per year. Meanwhile, adding a single child to the household bumps that figure up to 18 weeks—which is 35 percent of the year—and a second to 29 weeks.”
Holy wow was I right. From an average of 3-4 weeks per year to 29 weeks. No wonder I think I’m sick more often. I am.
I also feel like I’ve been a lot sicker, as in the colds I get I worse.
This may or may not be the case for me, but in some specific cases, kids’ illnesses in adults can be a whole lot worse.
So, what to do about it?
Yeah, science doesn’t have much to offer on this if you read the articles. Really, it comes down to hand-washing.
Wash your hands a lot, make your kids wash their hands a lot, hide in a protective kid-free bubble.
Oh, wait, yeah, about that last thing. Maybe not so much. Probably just the racking cough I still have talking.
How about you? Figure out any ways to avoid getting sick when your kids are sick? Do you cringe when see another kid with a cold at your child’s daycare? Any tips on avoiding getting sick when your spouse is sick? Or a co-worker? Can’t believe how fast something can go through the office.