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4 Moms Discuss Germ Warfare

Anyone with a passel o' kids knows that nothing wears out a Mama faster than everyone in the house coming down with the vomit virus at the same time.

Don't ask me how I know this because I have vowed to never again recount the details of The Barfing Time of Aught Seven. ~shudder~

Coming in a close second to the vomit virus, is the head and chest cold. I'll just say that snot, in large quantities, is even grosser than your average every day snot.

That is why we are serious about our germ warfare.

Here are some Smockity tips for keeping illness from spreading through the entire family.

  • Check Facebook. If one of your friends divulges that little Cindy Lou has been throwing up or has a fever, BY ALL MEANS do not show up at playgroup if little Cindy Lou will be there. Not all friends realize how a simple illness can mean a large family is down and out for 2 weeks or more.
  • Use my homemade Clorox Sanitizing spray to disinfect doorknobs, light switches, and high traffic surfaces.
  • If one of the children gets sick, try not to let the other children come into contact with him until the illness passes. (Good luck on this one. My kids seem to enjoy wallowing on, licking, and inhaling the carbon dioxide of sick siblings.)
  • During the winter months take extra doses of vitamin D.
  • Encourage hand washing and be militant about it when there is a sick family member.

Be sure to check out what the other moms do to combat sickness.

And don't forget that next week the 4 Moms will be answering reader questions, so if you would like to submit one, do it now!

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  1. Yes!! I don’t know why other people don’t deem it necessary or even polite to let you know that Cindy Lou or Suzie Q has been throwing up or running a temp. We just finished up with a stomach virus that was really strange and only the 2 year old was affected….but he threw up from Tuesday-Sat. No kidding! And I don’t know if it’s a coincidence or what, but every time I see the Cookware.com ad on someone’s blog it shows 3 of the 5 items that I recently ordered for review. How do they do that?

  2. I know what you mean about the kids being drawn like a magnet to the sick kid! “Don’t drink out of that cup!” “Wash your hands” “Don’t touch your brother!” Ugh.

    We also use vitamin D.

  3. Question for next week:

    How do you prepare yourself and your home for the birth of a new baby, especially if you have mostly littles at the present time?

    Freezer meals? Spring cleaning? Is there anything I should be doing that I don’t know about? Some great strategy that moms of many already know? 😉

    I’m due in about 4 weeks with #4 and my others are 5yo boy, 3yo girl and 18 mo girl if that makes any difference!



  4. Hi Connie! Love your tips and all of the other info from the 4 Moms!
    Question for next week:
    What was it like in the beginning for all of you? You all have large families now, but what about back when you had just 1 or 2 children how did things go? How did you find or work out a lot of the routines or solutions you have come to now? For instance right now we have a almost 4 yr old boy and 5 month old girl, but we do plan to keep adding on as we go :-) Any tips for us with the beginning of a big family?

  5. I do the same thing for homemade Clorox spray. Why pay$4 when you can do it for a pennies. Great minds think alike ; )

  6. Great tips! I have four kids which is a ‘small’ large brood by comparison but I still understand the preference to keep kids well instead of sick. =)

    Still, I had to throw this out there…after complaining about a several week stint of illness in my home where one right after another all my children came down with the flu, a sweet old grandma told me that she used to insist that they all drink from the same glass immediately upon finding the first one ill. Said that it built immunity and was very time efficient (they all got sick at the same time versus one after another). I still laugh at this bit of advice…and wonder at it’s wisdom as well.

  7. Once, we had had 3 full months of at least one person barfing. It kept going around and around the kids, despite all i was doing. I was at the very end of my rope. I was rinsing out another sheet and cried out to the Lord. He whispered to me…not audibly, but in my heart…..”Change the toothbrushes”. I did and it finally went away. We now always switch out toothbrushes when ill.

  8. I’m finding just as a pregnant woman, people think nothing of spreading illness! I am one of those unlucky ones that never lost the severe morning sickness. I had lost 10 kilos (about 20 pounds) by week 16 when I finally began taking pills for it. Still, people thought nothing of coming over or spending time with me or insisting I come out, and only after they spent a few hours with me did they begin mentioning the horrible sickness they have/had that involved them going to the doctors today/last night. It happened TWICE before my husband got pissed and put a stop to it with some very firm conversations with people (he realised I’ve never had chicken pox, and that our friends and family are… ‘absent minded’ enough to think nothing of coming over to see me with a ‘cold’ after being in contact with someone with pox. I explained to him that while a cold or flu is pretty harmless most times, something mistaken as a cold or flu that isn’t could be very bad)

    People just take cold and flu tablets these days, so they assume everyone else will, so it’s no big deal. Oh I made you sick? Sorry, just go get some pills and you’ll be fine. Mmm…. yeah.

  9. Kids dont want o be seperated.My 3 year old daughter was down with flu but my other kid was never leaving her room despite all my pleadings.How to convince kids?