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Keeping Sick Kids Separate

Is It Possible to Keep One Kid Healthy When Another Is Sick?

What's worse than a sick baby? Two sick babies. Last week my daughter fell ill with a fever, cough, and a snotty nose. Impossible to quarantine her, I did my best to limit her contact with her six-month-old brother. After two full days of separation and endless hand washing, it became obvious that my plan failed.

Not typically a snuggler, my daughter craves being held when she's down and out. Happy to oblige, I am afraid I became a human Kleenex and unavoidably transferred the germs from one child to the other as they breathed into and out of my clothes. So even though I tried my best to keeps mitts sanitized and sick parties separated, the bugs found their way to another victim. At this point, I can only hope my husband and I catch it at different times so one of us will be up for the challenge of caring for the kids in good health.

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it is, but not with every illness or with every child. when they put things in their mouth that ups the difficulty, so the younger they are the harder it is. my family has only all been sick once, brutal on me. we have the girls use a different bathroom when they are sick. i totally disinfect the toilet, sink and door nobs several times a day in that bathroom. we color code towels for each family member, and the sick child's room is of limits to the other kids.
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