Round Three

Or maybe four or five.  I’ve lost count.

I’m counting rounds of illness in our house.  Kael came home from school on September 15th with a cough and a fever.  Since then, everyone except Jason has been sick for most of that time.  We’ve had stretches of 2-3 days here and there where everyone seems mostly better.  It’s starting to make me a little bit crazy.

We have thrown away all the toothbrushes and toothpastes in our house and started new.  Everyone has their own cup in which they store their toothbrush with the toothpaste next to it.  I also washed all the blankets in our family room.  One night Jason sprayed down our toys with Lysol (yuck!).  I think we’ve done a few other things, too.

Everyone in our family takes vitamin d.  I bought some echinacea the other day.  It’s in a dropper though, and it tastes TERRIBLE so I’m not sure I’ll be very successful in convincing anyone to take it.

This week, I felt like I was fighting off a cold, and I thought I had succeeded until this morning.  I woke up with a sinus headache, a runny nose, and was sneezing.

Sigh.  Wash, rinse, repeat.

Any suggestions on other ways to germ proof our house?  I know it’s pretty hard to stop a bug once it’s in the house, but this is getting ridiculous.


  1. I have echi­nacea in chewable tablet form. It tastes like slightly sweet nothing. When we were all down with the “never-ending cold” I was desperate and bought 100 tablets. Within a few days of starting it, we were all better! Another thing you can do is get some probiotics. They will help build up the immune system. I bought the adult capsules and add 1/2 a capsule to my little one’s applesauce. (It was cheaper and we got more than getting the adult AND children’s version.)

    Oh, and you can boil the tooth brushes to get rid of the germs. We did that once everyone started feeling better, and again when were were all well.

    I sure hope that all of this illness builds all of your immune systems up so you won’t have to deal with illness for the rest of cold & flu season!

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