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A survival guide to a sick baby, and a house full of sick

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Playgrounds, kid centres, the Aquarium, play dates, and all the other places that your little baby hangs out are basically Petri Dishes, filled with germs where one baby passes on their germs to their besties. What did you think would happen when your little one chews on your dog’s toys, then gives them to their friends to chew on, which gets passed on and on and on and on.

Sure, babies pass on their germs to each other, and get sick – but, then the babies pass the germs on to your significant other, then the germs get passed on to you, and next thing you know, your whole family is barfing all over the place in a semi-comatose state on the floor.

The last few weeks we’ve been in house-sickness shock – I feel that we just can’t escape it. While it sucks right now, I think it is a good thing – the more sicknesses to fight, the more our little one will have the ability to fight sicknesses in the future.*

No sick baby here! Sorry, you wouldn’t want to see any pictures of our sick house, so I thought I’d share this “not sick” shot

The first time our whole family got sick, we were totally unprepared. In fact, we didn’t even have a thermometer on hand. So, here are some general rules to dealing with a house full of sick:

  1. If you don’t own a thermometer, go and buy one. We now have two, the type that goes up the babies butt (officially called a Rectal Thermometer) and the the type that goes in the ear (officially called an Ear Thermometer).
  2. Do you have carpets or rugs in your house? What about furniture? If you aren’t living in a stone cave, then make sure you have the phone number of a carpet and fabric cleaner on speed dial. There is only so much that our little green Bissell cleaner can clean. I tried to clean an entire 6×9 carpet with ours, and it was a total failure.
  3. Are you a perfect parent? I assume so. Sometimes you just have to let perfect parenting go out the window. Every says not to allow TV time for kids under the age of 2? 5? 10? Who knows. Well, you know what – last week my wife and I were both sick with the flu (caught from our little one), and we were both lying on the floor barely able to move, so we let Haddie watch The Elmo Song compilation for 18 minutes and 31 seconds. It had to be done.
  4. Keep everyone hydrated. And, make sure you keep some frozen chicken soup in your freezer.
  5. Keep plastic gloves, cleaner, plastic barf bags, and a bucket in every room, ready to go at a minutes notice.
  6. Maybe one of the most important tip: be on the same page as your spouse. Especially the first time the whole house gets sick, it can be a really stressful and trying time. If you are not on the same page, it can be disastrous. Remember you are both sick, and both don’t feel well. You are going to have to do things that you don’t want to do, like comforting your baby while they are barfing on you, and you are throwing up all over the kitchen. It is easy to think that you should be in bed, and someone else should be helping more. But, if you both pitch in, and both help each other, and don’t blame anyone, or think that you are doing more than the other person, you will all survive.

Sickness is a fact of life, especially with a baby. No amount of sanitizer or Purell is going to keep the sickness out of your house. It sucks. But, life happens. I wish I could say, have fun with it – but, there is no way to do that. It is really awful. What you can do is embrace your sick baby, because they are really cuddly when sick. And, just survive.



*I have no idea if this is true, but I keep telling myself that.

  1. shauna Walton
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