Sick Grandchildren

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Anonymous writes, “I feel upset when we go to visit the grandchildren, or they come to us, and they are coughing with runny noses, as they are sick with colds, etc.

I love seeing them, but almost every time their grandpa and I catch whatever they have. Last Christmas I ended up with bronchitis and was sick off and on for six weeks. Then when we saw them again in April, one of the girls was sick again and I caught it. Same thing this past weekend… you just can’t resist those little hugs and kisses!

How do you other Grammies handle this? I want to visit them, but I would feel guilty checking everytime if they were sick and maybe having to cancel plans.”

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  1. We have had the experience of not being told the grandchild or children were sick and coming down with bad colds that disrupted our lives considerably. We asked to be informed so that we could all discuss whether it was better to postpone a visit, but it did not go down well (which is an understatement). In our minds it is simply being considerate of other people to inform them, but not everyone thinks like this, some think ‘everyone gets sick so suck it up and be sick like the rest of us.’ We are now more wary of contact, if we have a trip away or something else that is important to us coming up. Sad when a little consideration would do the trick.

  2. I try to protect myself from illness but it’s not always possible. I have a normal healthy immune system so if it happens it happens. I always inform my daughter in law if I am sick and she then decides if I’m coming by or not. It’s about basic respect in both directions ❤️

  3. I’m 70 and don’t have any little ones around. I rarely get a cold, and always wash my hands when I get home from being out in the world. I think because we get so sick for so long that we have to think of ourselves first before welcoming a little germy child into our presence. Kids have to get sick in order to build their immunities and boy do they get sick once they go to school. It’s just a fact of life. I know it’s hard not to be with them but you put yourself at risk. Try to build your immune system….google it and find out what natural ways you can do that. And face time on the internet…..safer xo

  4. We take Elderberry capsules that we get on Amazon (cheaper than the local stores). We avoid sugar as a rule and get plenty of rest – we aren’t fully “retired” yet, and we have three beautiful grand babies less than two miles away. They all had bad colds that lasted over a month, last month, yet we did not catch anything, and are grateful for this. They don’t get sick a lot, neither do we, so we are blessed in this department. We used to, but once we started on the Elderberry capsules (plus we grow our own and I make the syrup that we take daily) we have had no colds, nothing, for at least three years. Blessings

  5. We only get to see our grandchildren a couple of times a year so we try to make the most of it. They are at the ages when they carry things without even having the symptoms. So, we always make sure all our inoculations( pneumonia and flu) are up to date before a visit with the kids. One Christmas we didn’t and it was miserable. Since then, we’ve been lucky. If you are traveling, make sure to use hand sanitizer and wipes in truck stops etc.

  6. I’m 67 yrs old and my immune system isn’t very good. I’ve had 2 sugeries this past year. At this time my husband & I are raising 2 grandkids, afes 12 and 14. Constantly telling them wash your hands, cover yiur mouth and nose. We have 14 grandkis. Over the years I’ve caught things. But as we get older it’s hardwr to fight it off. I have bronchitis now because of crazy Missouri weather. I agree, video chat is great. And our adult children should let us know if anyone is sick. I know it’s hard not to see them.

  7. My children know that I can not be around sick kids.
    A snotty nose from teething seems ok. But anything else.
    I stay back from them.
    Nanna blows kisses and sends cuddles to them .
    Face time is good for them too.

  8. After a visit to my daughter, son-in-law-law and three small children where I got the Norovirus they were all getting over, I told them I was not coming back in the winter until the kids were all in school and had a chance to build some immunity to common childhood diseases. They visit me in the winter if they are heathy and I visit them the rest of the year.

  9. If we are planning on visiting any of our young grandchildren, the parents always let us know if they aren’t feeling well so we can plan to visit another day.

  10. I can’t resist seeing them. I’m lucky because they’re only half an hour from me. So if they have upset tummies or fevers we wait a few days to visit. But coughs and sniffles are hard to avoid. With 3 kids there’s always at least one with some sort of cold symptom. We use plenty of hand sanitizer and just blow kisses instead of giving hugs. No sharing drinks or food. And I keep Zicam on hand just in case.
    It’s not perfect but I couldn’t bear going all winter without them.

  11. I can’t knowingly get sick so my daughter immediately lets me know when my little grandson is under the weather. We just FaceTime a couple of times a day to check in with each other. I will also drop off a “get well” goodie kit for him.

    1. I take sambucsl elderberry morning and night all winter,,,, Also put neosporin up
      Your nose, hydrate well and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer like crazy. Wipe down door handles, bathroom fixtures with wipes u take with u and tach the kiddos good cough etiquette and hand washing like they do at schools!

    1. I have Fibromyalgia, so I’ve been told that since I have an over active immune system Taking echinacea would not be an option.. You never really know what to do. I’ll take a chance if they have a cold but like another woman that was talking I had almost 2 months sick with something I Collett Christmas from my grandchildren. Sometimes you have to be selfish and stay home.

  12. I have COPD and everyone I am around a sick person, I get sick really bad for weeks. I am going to ask next time if anyone is sick first. This can be life threatening for us older folks. I completely understand this problem.

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