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DSs always catching bugs off cousin

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Stroo Mon 30-Jul-07 07:59:06

Firstly - don't get me wrong - she is a lovely girl and they love playing with her. This is not a having a go at your sister and her daughter thread!

Sister lives about 4 hours away and whenever they visit cousin has a bug and very often mum and dad too. In the last three years after she's left about 5 or 6 times (most times they visit) we've had sickness and diarrhoea for a few days.

DSs have obviously also caught a bug or two from school but it's like nearly every time they come!!!

Question is: Is cousin always ill and they don't tell us. Could she be carrying a bug of some kind that just gets passed around and around. It's sort of become a running joke now (but it wasn't funny the other morning at three oclock when we were all throwing up / drippy poos etc.)

Sisters house is ten times cleaner than mine so it's not anything to do with that.

What's going on? Has anyone else had experience of this?

elasticsortinghandstand Mon 30-Jul-07 08:04:59

does she go to playgroup and mixes with lots of kids or something? it does seem odd.
may be no visit when thy have a bug. perhaps they are more susceptible having sucha clean house???

Stroo Mon 30-Jul-07 08:10:20

I like that idea! - dirty house / tougher kids???

I may have to suggest that - although we tend to book weekend's to be together about 10 months in advance iykwim.

She goes to wrap around at school Mon - Weds and has been in summer school Mon - Weds over hols as that's when sis works. Not sure if this makes a difference to being at school.

FillydoraTonks Mon 30-Jul-07 08:12:07

sounds like bad luck. most diesases are mainly contagious before symptoms appear anyway.

don't understand though. you say whenever they visit cousin has a bug. so then surely you know she is sick? confused

Leati Mon 30-Jul-07 08:31:26


Have you ever used Airborn. It is a fizzy immune boosting drink. Whenever I take my kids somewhere that I think they could catch something, I give them some. It has worked real well for me.

It could be that while your sister is very clean, maybe her DD has a friend who is less sanitary. It does seem odd that you get sick nearly everytime.

Anyway, I have attached website for the Airborn product I told you about. They have a version for kids or you can give them half a regular dose if they are over six.

Stroo Mon 30-Jul-07 09:20:46

Thankyou for that Leati - i will look into it.

Tonks - we book our weekends together inadvance (busy lives etc.) but she usually calls a couple of days before to say cousin / she / dh is sick but they hope to make it.

Then they'll be out of sorts when they're here and the sunday / Monday usually results in my kids chucking up.

But i see that you're saying just tell her not to come?

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