Parenting Tip #383 – How To Avoid The Common Cold (Which Seems Impossible)

common cold parenting tip #383

It’s that time of year. The common cold comes back to play.

Back to school, back to routine, and back to getting coughed on, handed snot-filled tissues and popping Vitamin C tablets with either bottle of water.

Getting sick is like your in-laws – unavoidable.

One of the kids will come with the common cold, and OF COURSE, you’re next.

Did you know the average kids catches a cold 5-7 times in winter?!? That’s like once a month!!!

“Yes, I’m your father and I love you, but please don’t come near me until the last day of school.”

Places like school, the library and (shudders) Please Touch museums are a hotbed for germs. The good news, however, is that the common cold is way more avoidable if people just followed the necessary steps.

Viruses that cause the common cold just hang out on your hands.  Regular handwashing can help protect you from getting sick.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Wash them for at least 20 seconds. Make kids do the same. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Viruses that cause the common cold can enter your body this way and you’re done for.
  • Stay away from people who are sick. Sick people can spread viruses that cause the common cold. Make your children move out. Tell your husband to get a hotel room.
  • Avoid all of these germ-filled places. Especially avoid public bathrooms. Either hold it or piss your pants. You’ll thank me later.


My advice? Just come to terms with the fact it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen at the worst possible time, and there’s only so much a parent can do to stop the inevitable.

Whatever you do, don’t ask your parents.


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