Tips on preventing sickness

What are tips, habits you use to help prevent your child catching sickness from daycare? Especially during this time of year it seems more and more kids are getting sick and passing it along to the other kids at daycare/preschool. Are there helpful preventatives for babies and toddlers?

  • Kieli
    Dec 04

    My girls’ pediatrician recommended elderberry, they have in a gummy, liquid and chewable tablet. My 2 year old has the gummy’s, and my 7 month old is too little. But she did say that there is a zarbees medicine with elderberry in it that she can take. She also said that local elderberry is best

  • Sara
    Dec 04

    Wash wash wash! We always wash hands when we walk in the door, from preschool or any activity. It helps a ton and now my kids race to the bathroom to do it first. The more extreme version of this is to bathe and change clothes after preschool.

  • Momof2
    Dec 04

    I wish I had the answer to this I want to know too! We religiously changed clothes and bathed after preschool but my daughter has been so 3 times in the last 2 month 😢

  • Molly
    Dec 05

    Following. We have been pretty much constantly sick since school started. I try to have us wash our hands when we come inside, but it’s hard with a headstrong 4 year old, a forgetful mom and a baby to boot. They are not good about hand washing at my daughters school, which is frustrating. Also, my daughter likes to finish her snack outside school after pick up, so she’s eating with those dirty hands before we can wash them. I should get some disinfectant wipes, but do they really kill viruses?

  • anonymous mom
    Dec 05

    Wash hands all the time, teach your children early to sneeze/cough into their arm (elbow area) and to turn their bodies from others when they sneeze. It takes tons of repetition but my 2.5 year old is getting there. Also start early with repeating not to put their hands in their eyes or mouth without washing first. Elderberry is the new açaí berry. Lol. It’s become all the rage in the last 10 years or so it seems. It does not stop cold or flu viruses from infecting you, but it can reduce the duration of a virus if administered early and often in the illness cycle. Therefore, if you notice your little one getting sniffly you can give them elderberry syrup or chewable if you want. Unfortunately the concentrations are variable and not regulated by the fda so it’s hard to really know how much to give them in order to see an effect and it’s also easy for the manufacturers you’re buying them from to not titrate effectively and give the concentration their label promises. However it’s worth a shot if you want to try, especially if you find a reliable source that doesn’t include tons of sugar. Refined sugars will not help the immune system so it’s annoying that every kids vitamin out there is carried to a child in a giant sugary vehicle but I digress. Besides all of that, we give probiotics and vitamin d daily. And my daughter gets a bath every day she’s in daycare... And I’m already counting down to March/April. Besides the holidays, I am not a fan of this time of year!!