(Closed) Pediatrics…The Germ Fest.

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I use an Asian cough syrup called Nin Jiom.  Instead of taking it like a normal cough syrup I dissolve a couple of teaspoons of it in a mug of boiling water and drink it like a tea.  Works wonders for cold symptoms.


Post # 4
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I haven’t worked in healthcare, but both my mom and I spent a lot of time in doctors offices, hospitals, and nursing homes pretty much everyday for years. In the beginning we both got sick a lot.. picked up some horrible viruses that lasted over a month. We never found anything that actually worked, but over time we both stopped getting sick. One of my worst habits is touching my eyes, so I had to try really hard to stop doing that. I would usually rub my eyes and not even notice until I did it, & probably ground a million germs in there. A family friend who works in pediatrics swears by vitamin C pills though. She works in two different offices six days a week and somehow manages to not get sick too often. Sorry I couldn’t be more help! I hope you feel better! 

Post # 5
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve been a Peds/PICU RN for over 8 years and will soon be a Peds Nurse Practitioner.  It took me a couple cold/flu seasons to get used to the over abundance of kid crud.  It sounds like you’re doing all the proper things, make sure you gown/mask meticulously when warranted (sometimes it can get busy and I forget when I have to rush into a room).  The Neti Pot is great, I don’t do herbs or anything.  Eat right, stay active, get enough sleep (easier said than done), and it will get better!

Post # 6
253 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

No advice here…because I’m in the same boat! I’ve had 2 clinical rotations in a children’s hospital this year. During the first one a few months ago, I got a NASTY case of bronchitis, ended up on steroids, getting a breathing treatment, etc.

This month I’m in the NICU and what do you know…today I’m home sick! This time it seems to just be congestion but I’ve had a fever up to 102 🙁

Grrr, love the kiddos but hate the germs!! Hope you feel better soon!

Post # 7
899 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

A teacher here. Been working in the same school for six or seven years now, but still get some of the bugs! Not so many of the little sniffles, but the flu-y type bugs. I tend to get properly ill once every two years, resulting in taking a whole week off. Apart from that I’m normally fine to work, except for the odd migraine (which I don’t catch from the kids!). I have no useful strategies for staying healthy – I am active and eat well but still catch the bugs.

Post # 8
3368 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Do you eat probiotics?  I believe it helps me and my kids.  Kefir is a good tasting source, or just get some to mix in liquids from the health food store.  Echinachea  and Goldenseal help.  My husband takes extra zinc when he feels funky.

Post # 10
125 posts
Blushing bee

Aren’t probiotics for digestion? Do they help the immune system too? Because that’d be a sweet added bonus!

Post # 11
5662 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My only suggestions are a multi vitamin with vitamin c and ziNc and like a pp said extra of both if you feel it going on. be careful of the zing it’ll make you nauseous if you take I without food. Also a mommy friend of mine told me fresh pineapple works wonders for sore throats. She was right! That little tidbit would be good for you AND all your little patients!

Post # 12
4659 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Seriously listen to this advice, it’s not fun but it works wonders.

Take several cloves of fresh garlic and crush them up as crushed as you can get them, put them in the bottom of a cup.

Pour boiling water over them.

If you can get Traditional Medicinals tea where you live (crunchy hippie stores), add a bag of their Ginger Aid. 

Add a spoonful of honey (raw if you can get it.)

Let it steep for maybe an hour and then strain and drink. 

It doesn’t taste good but I swear by it when I’m getting sick.

Eating more spicy food is also good. Kimchi in particular. 

Post # 13
2433 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I provided therapy for kids grades K-8th at a school last year, and I was determined not to catch any bugs. Made sure not to touch my eyes, nose, or face unless my hands had been just washed. 

Do you pack your lunch? I always made sure to use a cleaning wipe to clean the table I was eating at, and would wash my hands before touching my food. 

I managed to pick up one fever during the year, that just resulted in extreme fatigue for 3 days. 

Other than that, I just took a daily multivitamin. However, if the kiddos can directly cough and sneeze on you throughout the day, there isn’t much more you can do to boost your immune system Frown

Post # 14
1038 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@ChuckNorris:  I’ve been a pediatric nurse for 12 years now and my first year or two I got sick ALL THE TIME.  I think you just have to build up an immunity to kiddie germs honestly.  Working with sick kids they could not have RSV symptoms showing and cough all in your face and BAM…you get RSV and the lovely cough that comes with it(and never wants to go away it seems). 


Take good care of yourself.  Make sure you are getting enough sleep and rest and take multivitamins.  I still get sick a few times a year and likely get RSV every year as well(occupational hazard I guess).  Another thing I try to do…if I so much as hear a child sniffle…I’m putting a mask on and gloves, whether or not the doctor has ordered contact/droplet isolation on them or not. 


Good luck!  At least we get to work with kids everyday 🙂

Post # 15
374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Take a multivitamin AND probiotics!  And you know this – but make sure you wash your hands like mad!!  I’m a teacher and that’s the only way I’m not sick every few weeks 🙂

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