OCD about germs! Tired of my daughter getting sick!

Catherine - posted on 04/02/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )




My daughter is 5 months old. I stay home with her, but whenever we go to a playdate or I leave her in the nursery at church EVERYTIME she gets sick. I am just ready to put her in a bubble, haha! Will she eventually get immune by time I need to put her in daycare down the road, or am I going to always have a sick child? Do any other moms feel like "germaphobes" like me?!


Claudia - posted on 04/03/2009




I'm definitely a germaphobe!  My son is 31/2 and has been sick a handful of times. Washing your hands EVERY time you come from the outdoors is key!!  Also make anyone coming into your home wash their hands.  Going to a daycare is gonna be scary - 1st of all there is just no way those workers can be on top of who's chewing on what and sometimes are not that careful to turn away sick kids. 2nd - I've learned so much about toxic chemicals that it kills me that daycare facilities are using bleach, lysol and who knows what other toxic products on toys, desks, etc.   Is there anyway to have a nanny, babysitter or someone you know watch your daughter?   Any chance of you staying home?  I avoided daycares like the plague, lol!   Do your research and learn about toxic chemicals in your own home too!



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Tanya - posted on 04/07/2009




Hi, I had the same problem. We were living in Auckland and my daughter was born in winter. Since my daughter came home she was constantly sick for the first 2 months. We took her to the night clinic for a cold and she came back with diarrhea which she got from the doctor who did not wash his hands prior to handling her. Other times she got sick due to my husband coming home with flu he picked up from work. I eventually told everyone to wash their hands prior to touching my daughter. This helped.

I would also clean the door knobs on a daily basis if I were you. Also, don't let anyone lean over your child. They will only give your child their germs. If someone thinks my child is cute or something when we go out I turn her away from them so that they can't lean over her. Some of these strangers even want to hold her and have tried to take her out of my arms. Needless to say I took them on there and then and were very upset. But knowone else has a right over your child and you say what is or is'nt allowed. You make the rules and they need to follow. Don't feel bad or anything. Your child also eventually needs to learn not to talk to strangers. Why not start now?

The other thing I found was that when she was sick her dummy would keep the germs coming back. So I would change dummies quite often during the day.

The GP also told us that if your child gets too hot our instinct tells us to rip off all the blankets so as to cool them off. But that is actually how they get sick. It is better for them to loose the extra heat slowly. Therefore, just remove one blanket at a time and so on. Also, don't expose their delicate skin to the cold air outside. Hang a wrap (blanket) over the pram / infant capsule to keep the air warm around them when going out of the house. Even if it is just to the car. I still do this with my daughter at night even in the summer. The car or house is always warmer than the evening air outside.

Hope this helps.

Tina - posted on 04/06/2009




Hi.  Although I am a SAHM, my son still gets the sniffles from time to time.  I think it was the season.  Luckily he has not gotten sick sick.  The most he has had is the sniffles.  I am confident that this is because of a nutritional supplement that I take and he got the benefits from it while breast feeding him and I started putting it right in his food when he began solids.  It's recommended by thousands of doctors, including Doctors James Sears of the Doctors Show and his father William Sears.  It has also been mentioned in 14 peer reviewed scientific and medical journals.  If you would like more information about it I would love to share it with you or anyone who is interested.  Just email me at t.ayala78@yahoo.com

Bridgette - posted on 04/03/2009




I am the mom of a 3 yr old and a 15mth old. With my son he kept getting sick around other kids and around the time he would get his shots. At 9 mths we stopped giving him shots, because I was tired of the sicknesses and all the screaming after the shots. He would scream for 6-8 hours.

I talked to some people in the medical field who told me to stop the shots...to stop the screaming. And to not use no many cleaners. Since he doesn't need them, I'm a stay at home mom and I will be homeschooling him.

After the shots. Everything stopped. We our daughter was born 15mths ago, we refused everything except the eye drops and the vitamin K shot. She has only been since 2 times and 1 time with seasonal allergies due to high dust and pollen.

The germs....clean with a more natural product...Meleluca or Shaklee are good. OR make your own using vinegar, vodka, baking soda, salt, lemons, etc. You can find recipes online. We also stopped using bleach and all "super cleaners" except in the areas that must have it....toilets. We found that by switching to all natural products. Meleluca actually cost a little less than store products.

I don't have any ties to Meleluca at this moment because I closed my account due to moving from Hawaii to Colorado and it was too much hassle for me.

If you are interested in looking into Meleluca, let me know. I know someone who does have an account. I also have a book that tells you solutions and what products to use on certain issues!

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hi there, the best way for your daughter to build an immunity to germs is to be exposed to them regularly, fresh air is a great way to help build immunities in children because germs are carried through the air, definately dont stop taking her to places like your church creche, it wont be long before u realise she didnt get sick this week, hope i could be of some advice :)

Jennifer - posted on 04/02/2009




Hey Cathrine,

Just wanted you to know that you are not alone. I think this year has been a horrible cold/flu season for everyone. My 1 year old twins have been sick 4 times in the last 3 months and they aren't even in daycare or really around others to often. Dealing with sick kids sucks and it seems like it is never going to end, but I do believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I asked my doctor about it and he said that is actually good for babies to be exposed to germs because eventually it helps strengthen thier immune systems, I'm sure he is right.. When I was a kid (I'm the 3rd) I was exposed to germs all the time from being around older siblings as well my mom ran a dayhome. I was sick all of the time with colds. Now a days I get sick maybe once or twice a year and it last a day or two only. So I do think that it helped my immunity.

Megan - posted on 04/02/2009




I know how you feel. It seems like both of my kids have been sick alot this cold/flu season. My friend is having the same issues with her kids as well. Your daughter is still pretty young so its going to take a little while. It might be just getting her out more and exposed to more germs to help build up her system. You can also talk to your peds doc and see what they suggest. Also they sell vitamin drops for babies. You can get them at walmart, walgreens, pretty much any place that sells meds and vitamins. That could help as well. Good Luck. I know its hard but it will get better over time.

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