Why is my child always sick?

Jillian - posted on 07/06/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )




Since December of 2010, My 2 year old daughter has had the flu 6 times, and she had a flu shot. I know and totally understand there are different strains of the flu virus but I mean 6 times is ALOT to get sick. I could understand it if she was in daycare but she is home with me....... Please help, the doctors say it's normal, this is not normal. Should I try probiotics, or something?????? Thanks


Laura - posted on 07/06/2011




this is a weird question, but is your home 'too clean'? I know a family who sanitizes EVERYTHING and keeps their kids completely away from every germ ever. But their kids are always sick because they haven't had a chance to slowly build up their immune systems. Just a thought.


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It is normal for kids to get multiple colds, flu, everything that goes around the first few years. They are building up their immunie system and part of that process means getting sick. I think that we tend to rely too heavily on all these fancy cleansers, disenfectant sprays, and purell to keep our homes clean and safe. Our bodies need to be exposed to different bacterias in order to get stronger. My two year old has also had multiple colds this year and the reality is that 10 or more colds, flu ect... a year IS normal at this age.

Jillian - posted on 07/06/2011




I will try the probiotics, mold, hmmmmmm idk, I do not smell it, and YES i have OCD with cleaning everything........I am going to switch pediatricians and maybe get her blood work looked at, maybe her WBC is off????
Thanks so much for all the info ladies I truly appreciate it, because i cant take it anymore!!!!!!!

Kate CP - posted on 07/06/2011




Laura also has a point. I have an immune disorder myself so I have to keep a careful balance of good germs and no germs. It's hard to do. :/

Jenn - posted on 07/06/2011




I strongly recommend probiotics. You can find them childrens chewable tablet that are refrigerated. I would also boost her immune system With fruits and vegetables, the amount of sleep she gets, and exercise. Also, be sure to replace her toothbrush each time she gets sick! I also would teach her to wash her hands regularly (mine would sing Happy Birthday song while washing) and encourage her to keep her hands out of her mouth. Of course she should drink plenty of water too. At least your daughter will have a good immune system by the time Kindergarten rolls around :)

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