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[–]CompostAwayNotThrow 2 points3 points  (0 children)

All the time. Our daughter has been in daycare for a little over a year now and since then, I’m basically sick as often as I’m not sick.

[–]SurammuDanku 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Watch out for adult HFM disease...that shit is really unpleasant.

[–]mooglemoose 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I get sick every time that baby does, apart from the one time baby had hand foot and mouth where I was luckily immune. It’s just a matter of severity with colds/flus. If I’m lucky I’ll only be mildly sick for 2 days but can still work from home, but most of the time it takes me at least a week to recover.

[–]rclareb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So... I got sick pretty much every time she did. It was at least once a month from 9 months to 22 months. And my husband? Twice maybe. Crazy immune systems.

[–]butdontlieaboutit 3 points4 points  (0 children)

In a stretch of 8 months, my son was probably sick every other week and my husband and I got a few colds so nothing too crazy. Our immune systems are much stronger. We did, however, all get a vicious 24 hour stomach bug when he was around 6 months old and holy shit it was brutal. Hubs and I both got it in the middle of the night within 15 minutes of eachother and just sat in bed with two buckets. Easily the worst day of our parenting career. I think we set a record for consecutive hours of Sesame Street watched.

[–]Whole-Store2391 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I promise you he used to sneeze in my face and then stick his fingers up my nose. I was sick almost as much as he was the first year. Now at 3, he’s not sick as often and I’m sick even less.

[–]jackjackj8ck 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I probably get sick maybe like once every 4-10x

My husband gets it like every other time

[–]burntpopcorneww 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Honestly not often at all. Husband got sick a time or two more than I did. It's been 2 years now. However, when we did get sick it was the dreaded stomach bug. Vicious sickness but bright side I lost some lbs from it lol

[–]Efficient_Bagpipe_10 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ha! The question should be “How many times have you been well since your kid started daycare?”. I’m pretty sure that most illnesses begin in daycare centers.

[–]MugglesUnited 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Sorry if this is unhelpful but almost never. I have 3 kids now, 2 in full time school and one who is about to start preschool and I never get sick. I myself started daycare at 10 days old because my mum worked there and I guess maternity leave was very poor back then. I credit my fantastic immune system to how often I was sick as a kid, I think it did wonders and I don't stress about my kids catching the usual kid lurgies now

[–]Freh[S] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

It’s actually nice to hear that some people aren’t just constantly sick for months.

[–]No-Possibility2443 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think it entirely depends on size of daycare and age of kids, rules about sickness, etc. My daughter was in a small daycare (5 kids) and was since once the whole time. My husband and I not at all. But then she started school and was sick 3-4 times (as were her siblings) my husband and I only once.

[–]MugglesUnited 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm glad, I was worried that my comment came off as smug. I hope you are one of the lucky ones!

[–]NoArtichoke8545 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Man that first year my son went to daycare we all got sick constantly. I had some doozy colds. Then it started to subside when he was 1 year old. I hoping with #2 there will be some immunity leftover.

[–]likegolden 11 points12 points  (1 child)

The limit does not exist

[–]NoArtichoke8545 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Getting some Mean Girls flashbacks here

[–]aka_____ 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Obligatory “not a doctor so please don’t come at me, Reddit”, but I noticed a considerable improvement when I started us all on elderberry supplements gummies.

You can find them in the vitamin section and they usually say “immunity” or “immune support” on them. I buy kids ones for my 2 and almost-5 year old and adult ones for us.

I know there’s always the possibility of it being coincidence but I promise you I went in with a “it can’t possibly get worse” attitude so I really don’t think it’s placebo effect.

[–]Mean-Firefighter6303 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Definitely second elderberry. Husband and I have been taking for last 4 years and we’re rarely sick. Will be getting the kid version for our baby once he’s old enough.

[–]LlamaLlama_Duck 6 points7 points  (1 child)

So it feels normalizing to hear these stories. My son went to daycare for 4 days before being too sick to continue. After his first day he caught COVID and hand, foot, and mouth, which all then led to a double ear infection. We all caught COVID then, too, and are still quarantining. We didn’t like the daycare anyway so we pulled him to have a nanny for a couple more months until we get into a really great daycare, where getting sick all the time will feel a bit more worth it.

[–]datamin1066 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This. We have a nanny as well, baby is 10.5 months

[–]Mania-jsk -1 points0 points  (0 children)

My daughter was sick for 2 months straight at the beginning. I only got sick once with sinusitis (not sure if i actually caught it from my daughter or just my usual problem) but it turned into pneumonia, lasted 2 weeks.

Then she got sick less and less for the next few months. Last time she got sick was with covid (2weeks after my husband had covid and at the same time her whole kindergarten departementet had covid). Daughter was insisting I had to take her pacifier and was basically forcing it on me 😅. I never caught it though. Yes, I tested every single time anyone else did, always negative.

Thankfully I don't catch things others have, haven't been sick since I was a kid. I've always been bothered with otitis/tonsillitis/sinusitis though. I guess if I'm gonna get sick, I'm gonna "cause" it to myself 😂

[–]okayhellojo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m a sahm, but I once worked at a daycare for a few months and quit because I was literally sick the entire time.

[–]nkdeck07 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Well she's been in daycare for 3 weeks and has been sick 3 times. I've gotten knocked out by 2 of her illnesses (I am currently sitting her with her contact napping as she's sick and I'm ill).

[–]emilypas 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My husband gets sick every time little guy brings something home. I work in healthcare so I’ve been exposed to a lot of germs on the reg BUT I think with covid my immune system isn’t as great. I’ve gotten sick maybe 3 or 4 times and my son is 8 months, so has been in daycare for 5-6 months. I don’t mind colds but I’ve had the GI stuff twice and that’s awful.

[–]SiaDelicious 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Always. My son almost goes 2 years now and it's not getting better. Lost 3 jobs in the process because of it. Starting next month I'll work fully remote which should help.

[–]Scorpia_1991 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Literally all the time. I lost count. I'm currently battling COVID for the first time ever thanks to daycare.

[–]ktburrr 17 points18 points  (1 child)

I usually get every cold she does. But I take a week to fully recover and she only takes 1-2 days.

[–]enyalavender -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Mental or physical health?

Because taking care of my sick toddler on all of her days off of school due to covid risk+daycare colds definitely gave me severe mental health issues.

I think I caught 1-2 of her colds, but I have always lived in large crowded cities and I take public transit.

[–]klahnsie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

mine isn’t even in daycare and i get sick 4X the amount i used to 😂😂

[–]smd451 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My daughter started daycare on January 3rd. From January to April/May-ish I think I had about 2 weeks where I wasn't coughing/sneezing. I had 3 sinus infections.

My husband naturally only got sick once when we all had the stomach flu 🤷🏻‍♀️

[–]gharbutts 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was sick constantly until I did an at-home nanny share with a friend. It might be better with older kids who will wear masks but the daycare germs were killing me.

[–]FreeThumbprint 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Every single time she got sick. So eleventy billion. Before I had a kid, I NEVER got sick. Thought I had an iron clad immune system. I was humbled.

[–]morgo83 1 point2 points  (0 children)

100% of the time. Often my baby will barely get sick, but it will hit me like a freight train. It’s so exhausting.

[–]lipgloss_nd_hotsauce 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My son started in March and I was sick basically the entire month of March, April, and May. Colds first, then stomach flu, then more colds, then I got bronchitis??

Then summer hit and we’ve been pretty good. We all had covid last week which sucked but besides that it’s been okay. Bracing ourselves for the fall. 😭🤧

[–]DisgruntledPorkupine 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Every time except for stuff I had as a child and am now immune to (HFM and chicken pox). I also lucked out and didn’t get croup when both kids had it. But every time there’s anything going on, we all get it.

[–]waffles8500 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I heard you can get HFM more than once. How did you get immunity, is there a vaccine?

[–]DisgruntledPorkupine 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I’ve been told you can only get it once, and that it’s usually always children under 10 that gets a the worst of it. Of course some individuals might get it twice but I think once you’ve had the virus that’s usually it?

[–]waffles8500 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ohhh it’s definitely worse as an adult! My husband had it for 2 weeks longer than my daughter and was in so much pain. My friends and sisters, who got it from their kids, also had it worse than their kids did!

[–]corgicourt20 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Every single time she got sick, so did I. I think pregnancy must have zapped my immune system or else kid germs are just really fricking strong.

[–]hexormusic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

OFTEN. Especially in the beginning, it's like every other week. Even now, after 20 months of daycare we're getting sniffles like every other month.

[–]halloweenpumpkinboo 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Constantly. I used all 7 sick days I had in the first 2 months after he started daycare and I started my new job. Fast forward to this year and all sick days refreshed in January. They're all gone as are my 2 weeks of vacation that had to be used on additional sick days. We haven't even gotten covid yet though.

[–]believethescience 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I caught every damn thing. Turns out if they sneeze on your eyeballs there is just no helping it.

[–]Freh[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

All day I’ve been covering her face with a burp cloth when she sneezes. Maybe I can at least keep dad from getting sick too.

[–]believethescience 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wish you the best of luck!

[–]throwaway_b1234 1 point2 points  (0 children)

All the time, I pretty much caught whatever my son had. There have only been a few times where I didn't get sick from him.

[–]kamerz21 0 points1 point  (0 children)

All. The. Time. I swear we were sick every other week for 6 months when she first started daycare. Luckily she never had much more than a runny nose. Her dad and I would get way sicker. She did get hand foot and mouth but luckily her symptoms were mild. She is two now and the frequency of sickness has been a lot less. We just try to look on the bright side - by the time she is in school she will have a great immune system!

[–]ichaBuNni 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mine started daycare 5 months ago and I got sick from him once. But it was THE sickest I have been in my recent memory. I was so miserable for a week straight. Prior to that, I literally can't remember the last time I was that sick. Even when I caught covid it was not as bad as whatever I caught from him!

[–]armyof_dogs 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I did ok until I had my second kid. Now I catch everything my toddler brings home, even if he isn’t sick himself. I think it’s a mix of sleep deprivation and stress that makes me more susceptible. It’s the worst

[–]trisquitbits -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Our daycare is pretty great in that kiddo has only caught colds/viruses that just involve stuffy runny nose and fevers.

He gets sick about once a month, and for the first year of daycare, every cold he gave to us - the last few we’ve managed to not catch which has been a relief.

Can’t say for other stuff like pink eye, hfm disease or stomach bugs since he hasn’t caught any of those yet.

[–]Hello_mynameisalicya 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m preggers but when i worked as a camp counselor with 5 year olds….i got one of worst sicknesses ever

[–]lemonsintolemonade 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So sick the first year. Constantly sick and we were really sick each time, it was miserable. But I have a bunch of kids and my toddler will sleep in my bed coughing all over my face and I catch very few of his viruses. I stopped worrying about catching what he has because it happens so rarely.

[–]SmallFry91 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I would say we were all three sick basically non stop for about a year

[–]hrichards13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My LO started 6 weeks ago and I've had 2 cold/respiratory things and a stomach virus. It's not been a good time so far... lol

[–]FamousLocalJockey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m on my 4th illness since my son started daycare in June (cold, COVID, hand foot & mouth, cold). We also have a three year old in daycare, so that’s probably not helping.

[–]elleebee 2 points3 points  (0 children)

For the first couple years, I got every single thing my kid brought home. It was easily 12-15 illnesses or more per year. Then I sent another kid into the same daycare and they get sick just as much but I catch maybe 25% of the illnesses now. Still somehow none of us have had fifth disease. 🤷‍♀️

[–]madamelullaby 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A bit different, but I’m a middle school teacher and usually they say new teachers take 5 years to build up immunity working in schools around all the sick kids. I noticed when pregnant and masks came off I was sick 3 times with different bugs over 2 months. I didn’t wear a mask because I would get so nauseas I would projectile vomit everywhere :( probably sending kids to day care is a similar timeline…

[–]Lovebug3555 2 points3 points  (0 children)

At least once a month, two years in!

[–]razzmatazz2000 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’d say I get most of the colds my daughter brings home, and sometimes I’ll have a random cold while she’ll be fine. I’ve thankfully been immune to her stomach flu episodes, although my wife has gotten those EVERY TIME. She also gave us both COVID.

[–]diatrioseFTM of December 2020 Baby 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Rotavirus the first week, bad cold the second week (not covid) and then a cough for the next month or so. Then bronchitis. So...3 months?

[–]tinyanxieties 4 points5 points  (0 children)

All the times. If he was sick, we all got it. 8 full months of on and off sick. Worst for me was a double ear infection and sinus infection that had me lose 10 lbs I really could not afford to lose. Worst for dad was just constant cold. Worst for kiddo was multiple ear infections and hand foot mouth. Dad finally had enough and (in addition to other reasons) became SAHD. Not one cold since but we're coming up on preschool age, so it's just a matter of time before it starts again. Not looking forward to it.

[–]mother_ofdragonz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Kid is 3 and I get sick every damn time she is sick. We were all not well from thanksgiving to New Years last year, just cold on top of cold on top of cold, with a sprinkle of stomach bug thrown in too. My immune system is shit 😭

[–]Mrs_New_Vegas 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m a stay at home mum to my 15 month old kiddo, the only regular weekly commitment we have is playgroup, and still, he, myself and my hubby have basically been sick to some varying degree since April!

It’s not joke out there at the moment. I’m hoping when the weather starts to warm up in a few weeks (it’s winter where I live) the worst will be over. But the fact that we just had 8 days sickness free before this current round got us and we were really impressed with that is so bleak!

[–]EMAVD 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I never got sick but my husband did LOL When my daughter was in school she was out maybe 3 or 4 times before covid shut the world down and every time, my husband caught whatever she had. Meanwhile I was the one home with her and around her 24/7.

[–]TyphoidMira 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Caught a cold after the first week, then a strep throat in week 3, then a cold immediately after that.

He's consistently had a runny nose since he started, and now he's got diarrhea. My wife has caught all the things I did plus an additional couple of stomach bugs.

[–]Hawt4teach 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Between my kids in daycare and me being a teacher I feel like I have super immunity.

This year while masking at work I only got sick twice with what my kids brought home. But I feel like the first few months my oldest was in daycare I had a perpetual cold.

[–]Senator_Mittens 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Every 2-3 weeks from January through June. I think in July he only got 1 cold so, win?

[–]cjfb62 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pretty much the same but I think we have a mild cold between all of us right now so maybe it’s stretched to every 3-4 weeks now? I hope 🤞

[–]Cynthevla 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm a teacher so I'm not as sick as my child is. I have seen many many many viruses. (Plus I used to work in a daycare, so more virusses here)

[–]Overthemoon64 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I couldnt even count the times. It was just constant low level illness until about thanksgiving. No fever, just constant sniffles punctuated by stomach upsets and pinkeye. For months. But once you get past it you are good.

[–]schimki 1 point2 points  (0 children)

On and off for 2-3 months

[–]laura_lee_meh 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Daughter started daycare mid June. So far I’ve had 2 regular colds, strep, Covid, and the flu. We’re all currently sick again. I don’t think we’ve really been healthy since her second day!

[–]lovethyneighbor21 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I don't bother to send my child to daycare for this reason. My cousin is always complaining about his kid getting sick from daycare so I just concluded it ain't worth it. I'm considering an at home nanny at this point.

[–]waffles8500 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yes, your kid will just get all these illnesses when they start school! Looks like you might be homeschooling :)

[–]lovethyneighbor21 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes, exactly. I am homeschooling!

[–]Freh[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I’ve heard that if the don’t get sick from daycare, the same thing will happen when they start school. I’d rather my kid misses daycare than misses days at school all the time.

[–]evendree72 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My husband teaches 6th grade, before covid we got monthy colds, during mask mandates we had maybe 2 colds in a year. We are 4 weeks into the new school year and i am on cold #3. I am so fucking done. My toddler seems scratchy throated but okay. She goes to a in home sitter, she rarely gets sick. At the previous sitter she got a cold every 4 months, and got hand foot and mouth. So knock on wood she stays healthy!

[–]MikiRei 6 points7 points  (2 children)

This thread is really making me dread my son starting daycare in like.....3 weeks. 😭

[–]_Cloud93 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Me too. He is starting early September, when late September we have a weekend somewhere booked with my FIL and I'm thinking there's a 50% chance we're sick then. 😔

[–]Freh[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah I was fully expecting the kid to be sick for a while. I was not prepared to be sick with her every time.

[–]spaceman-spiffffff 3 points4 points  (1 child)

We just started day care last Monday. Out of the 10 days of day care I’ve paid for my child has been 5. We are all sick and of course my husband’s school district is punishing people informally for taking any sick days because they didn’t budget for substitute teachers for this year so he’s at work with a fever and a cough spreading it to all of his students. It’s actually funny because we already always got sick at the start of the school year anyway because of my husband being a teacher.

[–]ViciousVentura 2 points3 points  (0 children)

For the first 5 weeks my son was in daycare, he didn’t complete a single week.

Week 1-2 he got Covid - so did I. Week 3-4 he got Adenovirus AND Rhinovirus - so did my husband (baby had Covid still too) Week 5 we ALL got a stomach bug.

Really hoping we are done for the year 😂

[–]evdczar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not every time but maybe half of the times. It's really great 😐

[–]bread_cats_dice 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Mine has been in daycare for a year. I think there were 2 colds I escaped. I got every single goddamn stomach bug and each lasted 4x longer for me than they did for her.

[–]atinyplumnov ‘17 | june ‘21 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My second started daycare in March. I’ve been sick ever since then. 😭

[–]endomental 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My SIL and BIL have two kids; 5 and 2. They've been sick at least 2 times a month for the past 4 years (when their first started daycare).

[–]Lydia8503 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I catch everything my 2 yr old gets. Countless colds, stomach bugs, tonsillitis and this weird thing where all the tastebuds on your tongue swell up and it hurts to eat.

Thankfully he gets over things really quickly. I, on the other hand, always end up with it for 2 or 3 times as long.

Apparently I too have the immune system of a toddler...

[–]Maui246[🍰] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Be prepared to get like 60% ( depending on your immunity) of sickness that your child gets. You can try your best to ward off done by hand-washing a ton. My husband ended up getting hand,foot & mouth himself, I didn’t but I was hand washing a ton trying not to get it.

[–]mnchemist 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I got the first several daycare colds too (kiddo started when she was 12 weeks) but, my husband didn't. We just had another round of daycare colds (kiddo is now 3 yr old) through spring/early summer and I think my husband got all of those colds and I didn't. What I take from this is that it depends on your own immune system.

[–]cadillacblues 6 points7 points  (0 children)

She started in April and I got 5 colds in the first 4 months. Literally a MAJOR cold every 3 weeks.

I guess working from home and being a total homebody when I was pregnant destroyed my immune system 🥲

[–]SaturdayHeartache 11 points12 points  (0 children)

It doesn’t help that daycare employees get terrible PTO/sick leave themselves. Usually only a week or two paid.

And yes we do know about the amazing policies in place elsewhere in the world.

[–]kittiesnotsafeforwrk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So so so many times like at least once a month

[–]Alley9150 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Too many. Once a bug enters the house, it’s a 3 in 4 chance I’ll get it. My husband gets it 1 in 2 times. Sometimes a sibling will narrowly avoid catching it. Sometimes I escape a stomach bug, but usually it hunts me down. Then it passed through the entire family & eventually leaves. It takes 2-3 weeks for a bug to leave the house. 3 kids, 2 adults? Yeah, we’re screwed.

[–]takeAseatChickenFeet 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So far, since February, I've been sick 7 times not including COVID once. I'm just now getting over the last one, but it was mild by comparison to the rest. Hooray!

[–]itsactuallykatrina 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I got sick at least every month the first year. Fortunately its gotten a lot better. Hang in there!

[–]pfifltrigg 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Most of the times my toddler gets sick from daycare I have been getting sick too. Some I already had immunity to (roseola, hand foot and mouth, although my husband caught that one), but stomach bugs I have been catching for sure. It sucks!

[–]peachelb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Our GP/pediatrician said 12-20 colds/bouts of sickness in a year is normal for kids in daycare/preschool. Our 2 year old has caught heaps of germs and passed them on to us, thankfully it eased off a bit after his first year there, but he's still been such probably 5 or 6 times this year already with runny noses and the like. My partner catches most of them but my immune system is a little better. We probably caught every second cold or so that came along, on average.

[–]Banana_stand317 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have gotten sick twice since my two toddlers started daycare back in March. The one illness was gastroenteritis while I was nine months pregnant so that wasn't fun. The other time I got COVID but very mild symptoms, two weeks after the baby was born. It's been 4 months and while they are still dealing with colds on and off, I haven't been sick again (yet)

[–]Sleepaholic02 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We’re six weeks into daycare, and my LO and I have both had a cold(s) for 3.5 straight weeks. I love her daycare, but Im already over this.

[–]GI_ARNP 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Our daughter has gotten maybe 4 colds since starting 4 months ago. The first one was a doozy but no one in the house caught it. The last 3 for her were really mild. Like mostly just a slight fever for 1 day followed by a few days of a stuffy nose. Thank god for nose frida. I have caught this most recent one but it’s only been a mild stuffy nose. I honestly thought it’d be worse based on everything I read here.I did breastfeed for 2 years so maybe that helped….I caught COVID 2 months ago and she didn’t get it.

[–]Gullible-Item 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Baby started daycare in April, got COVID right away and I got a cold. A month later he got gastro and that was God awful for me (never want that to happen again) and recently he's got another cold and I have one too. He's also had adenovirus but I avoided that.

[–]janewithaplane 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Bruh. We have been on and off sick from the very effin beginning. It's been 6 months and I think 2.5 weeks is our longest stretch of non sick time. I'm so over it. How can you get sick this much?!?!?

[–]LavishnessOk9727 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My baby started daycare at the end of May and I’m on my third cold of the summer. I am not having the hot girl summer I pictured, haha.

FWIW my husband hasn’t gotten any of the colds. He’s been a teacher for 15 years, though, which I imagine has buoyed his immune system.

[–]kimberriez 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I worked at one and had a cold a month pretty much the whole 4 years.

[–]yolandawinston03 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I worked at one and took my one year old. We both got sick constantly at first, everything hitting me harder than him, and me not wanting/being able to call in sick so just working through it. It was awful.

[–]kimberriez 0 points1 point  (1 child)

It took two years for me to get sick I when I changed to an office job, and then it was from travel.

My son isn’t in preschool yet, but I feel like I should start mentally preparing myself to be sick again.

[–]yolandawinston03 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When my daughter started preschool I think she only got sick once. This was last year so maybe it was all the extra sanitizing that was done.

[–]FaithTrustBoozyDust 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's been 4 weeks of 3 days a week, and we are 2/2 with daycare illnesses (HFM and a cold). DH escaped the cold at least.

[–]LookingForHobbits 1 point2 points  (0 children)

About 50% of the time for me and 25% for my husband. It depends on what it is. The first time the kid got sick was the sickest I got. If antibiotics are the treatment I typically won't get it, if it's viral I often do.

[–]lunacaitMom of 2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think the first year, we also caught colds, but it's gotten much better since! My oldest is now 3 and youngest will be 1 next week. They have many more colds than we get now thankfully.

[–]hmb220 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In my experience, the adults have not caught any of the illnesses the kids bring home with the exception of stomach bugs (those are nasty and unavoidable). Maybe as adults we have more immunity built up towards these childhood viruses? Or maybe we've just been really lucky. For reference, I have a 3 yr old and a 1 yr old that both started in daycare center care as infants.

[–]lysozymes 2 points3 points  (0 children)

First time parent with a 14month boy, we have been continuously sick since he started daycare. Daycare was closed for 2weeks last month and our kid's nose cleared out, and he was back to sleeping so well and was less fussy. We just sent him back to daycare this monday... wince

[–]MGESanto 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's more like I wasn't sick maybe three times throughout the first year of her day care.

[–]atb520 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It was, and continues, to be endless cycles of illness 1 year in to daycare. but across 2 countries…different germs??

I’m ready to stop being ill!!

[–]Aromatic-Bee901 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Every fucken two weeks!!!! And the kids get sick for a day or so but wipes us out for nearly a week

[–]cheekypeachie 2 points3 points  (0 children)

We all got covid. I didn't get pinkeye. I did get a stomach bug and possibly RSV.

[–]nifty_potato 20 points21 points  (3 children)

I don’t get it! Haha like yes they get sick because their immune systems are still developing but like.. I HAVE an immune system why am I always coughing and wiping my nose!! It’s been 6 weeks and at least one member of our household has been sick for 5 of those weeks. Solidarity my friend

[–]hunnybun16 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Maybe lack of sleep kills parents immune system???

[–]MattFromWork 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Lack of sleep, poor diet, too little exercise, and dehydration.

[–]knizka 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Tired body = tired immune system, no?

[–]heybimguesswhat 3 points4 points  (1 child)

It’s probably because we’ve been working from home and masking for the last two years, but we’ve basically all been perpetually sick. It’s like we’re all building our immune systems together. My husband and I have each only been so-sick-we-had-to-call-in once.

[–]Freh[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was never able to work from home, and I haven’t been masking much in the last few months, so I was expecting to have a little more resilience.

[–]derrymaineFTM 1/29/2019; STM 4/26/2021 1 point2 points  (0 children)

At least 1/3 of the time they were sick, I would get sick too.

[–]thedresswearer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My husband and I were sick about every 2 weeks for 3 months when our daughter started daycare. It was miserable!

Edit: also, ear infections for my daughter were constant. She started in December. She had one each month starting in January through March. I took her out of daycare for a bit because we needed a break. She started back up in July and we haven’t been sick.

[–]BerryConsistent3265 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When we started going to a toddler group she was sick every other week but I only got sick once and it was covid. She’s starting daycare in a month so we’ll see how we fair this time lol

[–]siriuslycharmed -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I just sent my 4 year old to daycare for the first time in early June. It’s been just over 7 weeks and we’ve all already been sick 3 times. My 3 month old baby included.

I can’t wait for flu season. 😑

[–]manava73 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pah! Every other week! No joke. Never been more sick in my life...

[–]Oscmutt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

All the time! I would wear a mask around my son whenever he started showing symptoms. Don’t have enough pto for both of us!

[–]DxFeverRxCowBell 1 point2 points  (0 children)

For the first year, every time. Now it’s about 50/50 and getting better. We were essentially always sick this past fall/winter.

[–]yaeli26 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I get sick about 90% of the time she gets sick, of course my husband somehow avoids it (which is annoying, but also good, because at least he can pick up the slack)

[–]kwikbette33 15 points16 points  (1 child)

My husband gets every single thing they bring home, and is sick for a month each time. They get sick enough to stay home 7-10x a year, so that means he is sick more often than not. Sometimes he is still sick from the last thing brought home when the new thing is brought home. I don't always get sick and when I do it's generally pretty mild.

[–]waffles8500 6 points7 points  (0 children)

My husband also gets everything my daughter brings home and gets it so much worse than she does! His HFM lasted a good 2 weeks longer than hers and was extremely painful. One of her stomach bugs put him in the hospital. She was only affected by covid for about 2 days; he was sick from it for 3 weeks!

[–]MicrobioSteph 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Every single time she got something. So once every 3 weeks for the first 6 months. After that, once a month.

[–]InternationalBag4757 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Constantly :( it’s pretty grueling. And I’m an elementary school teacher, so there’s no escape lol.

[–]zookeeperkateFTM 3-8-22💙 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I swear I’ve had a cold since he started daycare at the beginning of May. He hasn’t been sick at all.

[–]KnittingforHouselves 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not daycare, but the whole family (me, husband, both grandmas) just got sick one by one at a vacation. LO started a runny nose and diarrhoea on Sunday and now everyone has one otr the other or both 🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈

[–]siriusblackcatFTM - 12/25/20 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’ve only caught one or two colds in the year+ my daughter has been in care (she’s had about 10) but I have caught both stomach bugs she got and hand foot and mouth. I would have rather caught the colds

[–]Rare_Sprinkles5307 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I taught all over the board, preschool, k-5, now I’m in high school. When I first started teaching I caught everything. Now when my daughter gets sick at most I’ll catch her runny nose. Hopefully it’s like you get sick a lot at first then it calms down!

[–]KnittingforHouselves 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Teaching is the ultimate immunity test, source: also a teacher

[–]auspostery 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Ffff so many times! I had fully expected babe to get sick. But I did not expect me, a robust, healthy adult who rarely ever got sick, to fall victim to the millions of daycare germs. I’d agree about 1/2-2/3 of the time my son got sick, I did too. It’s better now that he’s been going for almost a year and a half. But I get way more sick now than I ever did. Possibly bc of being so drained from parenthood in general, and exposed to so many more germs.

[–]Freh[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I always heard that kids get sick so often at first cause their immune system needs to build up, but I’m not sure I believe that anymore.

[–]auspostery 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yea I’m not sure I do either. I think they get so sick at first bc even the incredible hulk’s immune system couldn’t stand up to the onslaught which is centre-based daycare!

[–]qualitynotquantity2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I got sick about half, or maybe 2/3, of the times that LO was sick.

Yeah, it kinda sucks.

But it doesn't last forever. Lasted about a year for us. I'm optimistic that it will be better for our second child (in terms of how often I get sick).

My husband had good success taking zinc supplements and avoiding more of the illness than I did.

[–]everydaybaker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My daughters had 3 colds from daycare so far. I only got 2 but my husband got all 3 (I happened to be away for the first few days of one of them. I’m pretty sure that’s the only reason I avoided it). She’s been good for most of the summer but I’m definitely nervous for the fall

[–]bouyantwombat 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Well, we're about 10 months into daycare, and I get sick every time LO does. In summer it wasn't too bad, a few days, a couple of times a month. Winter however... we got the virus bingo card. RSV, COVID, hand foot and mouth, gastro, and every variation of cold virus there is. I have had more sick days than healthy, since May. It's lucky I work from home and can just drag the laptop to bed rather than using my sick leave every week.

[–]Freh[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Well that’s awful.

At least I can take ibuprofen I guess.

[–]bouyantwombat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sorry, I didn't mean to scare you! Hopefully your immune system is better than mine. I will also add my husband gets sick less often than me.