I know some kids are just more prone to catching every single bug that comes past but it seems to be a huge coincidence to me that as we've moved away from just letting kids be kids, they seem to be sicker or catching bugs heaps easier than they used to IYKWIM? The rate of childhood allergies has dramatically increased these days too. When I was a kid, and even when DD's were toddlers, the occurence of children with peanut/egg/etc allergies was nowhere near as prevalent as it is these days.
Add to that the higher rate of kids in childcare due to the ever increasing costs of living and both parents needing to work to support their families, and you have a perfect breeding ground for the spread of germs and since the kids have no natural immunity built up from being exposed to germs on a regular basis, and the vicious cycle just goes round and round.
Now I don't let my kids live in a filthy environment but I do let them get out in the yard and play in the dirt etc, and I let them try foods as early as possible while watching for any reactions, and they are rarely sick. Neither of the boys has been to daycare yet (DS1 is 14mths, DS2 is 3mths) but my DD's were at daycare from an early age and were the odd couple of kids that were rarely sick, yet other kids I knew were always kept 'clean' and never allowed to 'get dirty' and were sick more times than not.
Coincidence or am I just imagining it?
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