I read an interesting article in Newsweek yesterday about kids and germs. You can read for yourself here, if you're interested. If you don't want to read it, I'll sum it up for you: Kids who are in daycare are sick more often. WHAT?! No way!
Yes way, as my kids say. I know, big shock, right? I found this story particularly timely after Punkin's stomachviruspalooza the week before last followed by croup on Monday morning. Croup. In May. But what was also interesting about the article was that although a University of Arizona study found that 2-year-olds who attend daycare have twice as many colds in the first six months of life, they have a third fewer colds between the ages of 6 and 11 when they're in school and attendance matters.
Reading the article reminded me of the time we took Bubba to the emergency room at the age of four months with a fever of 104. He had started staying with a friend of mine just two days before and as I dropped him off, her 2-year-old daughter leaned over Bubba in his car seat and proceeded to sneeze right.in.his.face. Aaaaannnd he proceeded to get a cold, followed by an ear infection, which brought on the fever that necessitated the trip to the emergency room. Also, for the record, he had been sleeping through the night up until that point. After that, never again. At least not until he was over a year old.
Anyway, short story long, the doctor on call at the hospital was very circumspect about Bubba's illness. I guess as an emergency room doctor he'd seen it all. But he had wise words, which I believe should be handed out in all new parent books, especially to parents whose children will be going to daycare. He said "He has to pay off his infectious disease mortgage." In other words, they're going to get sick. It's going to happen. Either now or when they start school. So chill. Roll with the punches.
But DAY-um! With all the illness we've had in our family, we should be living in an infectious disease mansion!
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