DS (7) has a sore throats and a cough, first time I can remember him having one. He's only been to the doctors once at 8 weeks old when he was given antibiotics. DD2 has never seen a doctor. DD1 caught her finger in a door and needed an op and DD3 had a huge infection in her jaw and needed an op. They are rarely sick maybe 2-3 times each.
Thinking about my childhood I had chest infection after chest infection, winters were always bad and I can remember the banana medicine (penicillin) I also had D&V a lot growing up.
I grow up in poverty, mould covered bedroom, no heating, parents who smoked 60 fags a day between them, unhealthy food.
Yes because I grew up in London in the 80's. I was one of the privileged ones who got out into the country every weekend, I could always smell the pollution/lead fumes when we came back on Sunday night, I wasn't often sick though. My kids are growing up on a South American cattle ranch, so totally different and much healthier lifestyle but more wild so they've had broken bones
About the same. My parents came from poor backgrounds, my mum wasn't given a toothbrush until she was 14, so had a mouth full of fillings and her parents couldn't afford proper food. They worked hard to make sure we didn't have the same kind of childhood.
Mine are much healthier. I was an undiagnosed asthmatic who suffered from chronic bronchitis. I also had regular tummy upsets (and now, years later, have been diagnosed with coeliacs and Crohns).
Ds1 was also a bit atopic when little but touch wood no asthma and is generally fit and well. Ds2 gave us a stressful time in the first few months but, despite being under 5 consultants at one point, has hardly known a days actual sickness in his life. Never has such a fit and healthy child unnecessarily worried so many doctors!
Mine are (touch wood) healthier than me. I was brought up in a healthy environment and was well-fed but I used to suffer over and over again with ear infections and tonsillitis. I had lots of yellow and pink medicine. One DC has had an ear infection once, neither of them ever seem to have had a sore throat. I think the ear infection is the only time either of them has taken antibiotics.
Dental really highlights the difference in my family My grandma had all her teeth out and dentures at the age of 21 in the 50s My mums teeth are dreadful but as an adult she spends a lot of effort and money on keeping them as healthy as they can be. I have a mouth full of fillings but my teeth were quite healthy until I was a young adult. No ongoing problems My dc (touching lots of wood) have pretty much perfect teeth, other than DS having some slightly weaker enamel on back ones. 10 and 8 and no fillings. Public Health success story in although I do know there are a lot of children having decayed teeth extracted
Mine are about the same, I never had antibiotics as a child until I was 19 whereas my children did but I think that's mainly down to fashion. My GP as a child was old fashioned and would recommend a 'wait and see' with pain relief for normal childhood illnesses which was better I think. I had measles, mumps, german measles and chicken pox as a child but my DC's were vaccinated so only had chicken pox and I didn't go to the GP with that. I was quite unwell with measles but didn't get any meds for it apart from some pain relief and tlc from my Mum.
Mine are about the same. I grew up in a village, and ate home cooked (albeit tinned veg), sweets once a week, blackcurrant so weak it may as well be water etc.
My kids have frozen or fresh rather than tinned, but otherwise eat pretty similarly to me (well, packed lunches are better these days - I'm from the jam sandwich/apple/penguin generation), although they live in a flat whereas I had a lot more outdoor wild space available to me.