Why am I always sick? The things they don’t tell you about when your kid starts preschool.
Why are we always sick? Since the twins started preschool about a year ago, we have been sick over 10 times in 2020 alone. Here comes 2021 and we are rounding 3rd and headed towards home...that is if home base were a virus and 3rd was the last time we were sick. 🥴 We are only 3 months into the new year and our family has been sick not once, not twice, not even thrice! (All my David fans will get that one 😉), but 4 stinking times! How is that even possible? Why are we getting sick so much and when does this virus merry go round from hell stop?!
The truth is, preschool and daycare are the perfect incubator for all kinds of viruses. Its basically like a huge germ factory, which is why it isn’t uncommon for some kids who start preschool to be sick 12 times or more in a 12 month period. Anything from a common cold to the flu, hand foot and mouth, strep throat and the covid-19 germs to be exact.
There is a silver lining however! While those children who attend preschool or daycare tend to be sick more often then those at home, they tend to be sick less often during their elementary years than those who did not attend preschool or daycare. So, hang in there!
Only 3 more years for us until they start kindergarten.🥴
We have had everything BUT COVID-19, which just blows my mind. How is that even possible? If you know me, then you know I’m a problem solver. So, I have scoured the inter webs and all my diverse mama friends and came up with this:
Kind of a let down, huh.😂 I mean, I was hoping there was some kind of herb I could get from my crunchy mama friends or maybe an oil from my oily mamas, but nope. Alllllll the diverse suggestions, reasoning, methods etc agree on one thing and it’s hand washing.
Now, I wash my hands all. the. time. I mean, several times a day, but do I wash my toddlers hands? No, not really. I’m not going to lie to you and say I do when I really don’t. Our life is chaotic and messy. It was hard for us to introduce teeth brushing into their toddler routine let alone washing their hands all the time.
I‘ve tried taking Emergen-C daily, giving the boys probiotics and immune boosters, eating better, drinking more water and nothing has really changed...And truthfully, it may just be a right of passage that some parents go through....maybe it’s just something we have to wait out?
Michelle Richea, a Toronto naturopathic doctor and mom of one, says it isn’t realistic to expect even the healthiest kid to avoid getting sick when they start daycare. But there are some things parents can do to support a toddler’s immune system. In addition to serving foods that are rich in protein, zinc and vitamin C and free of refined sugar, parents should consider supplementing toddlers’ diets with immune-boosting vitamin D and probiotics, both of which are available in kid-friendly drops and chewable tablets. “It’s also important to remember that kids need to be exposed to viruses to build their immune systems,”
Click the words in blue if you want to find out more about boosting your child’s immunity from someone far better trained than myself.😅🙌🏼
What have you learned? That you’re not alone. This seems to be a pretty common occurrence for parents of little ones in preschool or daycare.
Does it get better? Absolutely. I have to keep faith that after this year our children will have built up their immunity enough to where we aren’t sick anymore.
In the meantime, We will be over here sanitizing, taking extra doses of vitamin C and D, drinking loooots of water and washing hands.
As always, I’m here if you need to chat or just a friend to commiserate with. Until next time!