I have 19 month old twins. We have basically been ill for the last 12 months, one way or another. Mostly colds, temps and grumpiness with the wonderful gift of chicken pox in the summer (oh- and fall stones for me!). They go to Nursery one day a week (where they probably pick up all their germs) and go to all the usual playgroups as well.
AIBU to ask if we’ll ever be well again? Has anyone got any tips for boosting our immune system? Should I get them multi vitamins (I’m already taking them)?
Ive had laryngitis for 4 weeks now- which is mostly annoying because I can’t work (I’m a singer). I’ve never been this ill in my life! It’s ridiculous.
Well the good news is they are building up their immunity through getting all these bugs and colds form lots of other kids. It sucks but it will stand them in good stead for later years. I agree that 12 months sounds like it should be over soon. It wouldn’t hurt to get them some vitamin supplements though. Lots of fruit and veg if they will eat it. Get outdoors as much as possible.
DS1 was the same and DS2 is in the middle of the same snot infested illness that lasts all year long. The good news is that DS1 is almost never ill now (he’s 5) and any bugs he picks up are over very quickly. Hold tight, it will get better.
I had 3 under 5 for a while and I stopped going to toddler groups for a bit as like you we seemed to be I'll loads, same as soft play I don't think these places are very clean and whilst it's ok to get Ill from time to time sometimes I felt we needed to recharge properly. During g these times I'd stick to outdoors a tidies like walks, park, garden etc. It did help loads. Or stay at home. Make sure everytime you come in the house you all wash your hands. This also helped us
When I trained as a nursery nurse I remember reading an article about children who attend nursery from babies being healthier in the long term than other children. Even instances of childhood cancers was lower. It’s too far in the mists of time to link or even remember the source but for what it’s worth I could count the number of days DD who is 16 has taken off School because of illness on my fingers. So short term pain for long term gain.
Make sure you are all getting vitamin d supplements as well as multivitamins (unless your multivits have vit d in them!). It plays a major role in the immune system and its almost impossible to get enough from the sun living in the UK, especially as you have all been ill and probably inside more often.
I have 5 year old twins and yes I can confirm that it gets better One thing I've really noticed is that illnesses that would have resulted in a temperature or D+V 2 years ago are now manifesting as a sniffy nose or a bit of a dicky tummy but not enough to slow them down. So that makes it all a lot easier.
I have 7 year old twins. They have been at school since they were 3 (Europe) but rarely get sick, I'm sure it down to the vit D I give them. I use Healthy Origins 10,000IU and stick a pin in a capsule and squirt it into their mouths every 10 days. Vit D builds up in your system so it's fine to do it this way. I get ours on iHerb as it's cheapest.
Agree with vitamin d, the dr tested me when i was getting ill all the time and turned out i was deficient. I'm not someone who never goes outside - just living in the north and too diligent with suncream!
Make sure the supplememt is a high enough dose, some are tiny.