Stay at home and SICK!

Caitlin - posted on 12/03/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I'm a stay at home first-time mom and I've got a bad cold (sore throat, achy, the works). My son is 9 months and has been sick once before. I'll do anything to keep him from being sick again but I have no one to watch him until this thing I've got runs it's course. Suggestions??

:) Thanks,
-Caitlin.

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Jennifer - posted on 12/04/2009

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Quoting Tara:

You could pick up some of those disposable surgical masks - they usually have them at most drug stores for cheap - that would help with any germs you could pass on by coughing/sneezing. Keeping your hands washed helps too. Not too much else I could think of other than having your son's Dad take a little more active role when he gets home - that way you have a chance to get enough rest and beat this a bit faster.



I agree with Tara and any else who stated almost the same thing. I had a cold not to long ago and I did this and I was lucky enough that my daughter didn't get sick. So this is the best advice I or anyone could give you. I hope you feel better soon.

Leisel - posted on 12/04/2009

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Bugs happen! The mask idea is unlikely to help, as your droplets have already been spread throughout your home and breathed all over your baby. Handwashing is always valuable, and should be done even when you are well, but as most cold and flu bugs (viral and bacterial) are spread thro the droplets that you exhale/cough/sneeze there is very little you can do to stop exposing baby.

Sounds hopeless, doesn't it? This does not mean that he will get ill! If you still breastfeed that would offer him some protection, otherwise hope for the best, and rest assured that most cold's are minor, and helping to build a healthy immune system.

Get better soon.

Ilene - posted on 12/03/2009

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I've been there a handful of time.. I have 3. The best things you can do is to make sure you wash your hands everytime you cough or sneeze. When you have to cough or sneeze, don't just cover it up, turn away first. My kids have learned in school to sneeze/cough in the fold of there armsleve. I would say another good thing would be to get plenty of fresh air as well as the baby. There's not too much else you can do..

Tara - posted on 12/03/2009

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You could pick up some of those disposable surgical masks - they usually have them at most drug stores for cheap - that would help with any germs you could pass on by coughing/sneezing. Keeping your hands washed helps too. Not too much else I could think of other than having your son's Dad take a little more active role when he gets home - that way you have a chance to get enough rest and beat this a bit faster.

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