Post # 1
- Wedding: April 2019 - USA
So this is just a rant. I was at Starbuck’s this morning and there was a woman and her daughter (maybe 4 or 5) at the checkout. The daughter proceeds to sneeze without covering her mouth all over the counter and then touch all of the gift cards, cookies, etc. Her mom then buys her a gift card. As they were waiting on their drinks, the daughter sneezes TWICE, AGAIN uncovered onto a table. The mom goes, “bless you!” and that was literally it. Why don’t [some] parents teach their kids to cover their mouth when they cough/sneeze? This is my biggest pet peeve as it is a basic hygiene/ public health habit we all know prevents illness. ESPECIALLY during cold/flu season where I live. I try really hard not to judge people on their parenting choices (discipline, etc.), especially since I am not a parent, but COME ON. This is just common courtesy. Thankfully I had hand sanitizer in my bag, but what about the other folks touching that counter or table that had no idea someone sneezed all over it? This kind of thing really bugs me!!
Post # 2
And this is why I hate touching anything in public and am obsessive about washing my hands while out…
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2018 - City Hall
I get what you’re saying. I’ve been around adults that don’t even cover their mouths when they cough. I get all tense and my eyes are practically bulging out of their sockets.
I also get that feeling when I see people walk out of the washroom without washing their hands. Or even if they just give their hands a super quick rinse without any soap. Gag.
Post # 4
Ugh I hate that too. I’m a teacher and the amount of times I go behind kids spraying Lysol and using Clorox wipes is ridiculous. I’ve had kids sneeze or cough all over on one of my Chromebooks while using it, and all it took was me spraying the keyboard down with Lysol while they were using it for them to get the hint. I stared them straight down and didn’t say a word. They coughed into their shoulder the next time.
Post # 5
lol teacher look for the win.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2007 - City, State
mom of 3 small children. This would gross me out. I also tell my children repeatedly not to touch things. They all do it because they are small curious humans, but it’s your job as a parent to say “please don’t touch things. We are not buying any of that”. Its also our job as parents to say “cover your mouth/nose” or pull them away from FOOD DISPLAYS. Some parents are morons though. They don’t even wipe their kids nasty boogers noses. I don’t like other people’s kids most of the time,lol.
Post # 7
I am always amazed and disgusted at adults who think nothing of coughing and sneezing without covering their mouths and noses. As for children they will only cover their mouth if they are taught. Unfortunately, there are plently of parents who feel that this is not important. I had a daycare for several years and started teaching then around two. I If you can tell me all the colors of your Legos and that you have a poop filled diaper (as if I couldn’t smell you) than you can learn to cover your mouth. Plus they learned to cough into their elbows really got a tickle out of doing it. Four is too old not be be firmly told to cover her mouth. I bet her mother doesn’t cover her mouth either.
Post # 8
I had my 6 month old in her carrier (facing out) in the mall last week and she sneezed all over some poor guys arm. I apologized profousely but at that point what can you do?
But yeah, definitely teach kids to cover their mouths.
Post # 9
- Wedding: April 2019 - USA
LOL I love this approach. I wish I had some Lysol or I would have used it to give some major side eye a la teacher.
Exactly… the mom was just letting the kid go to town on the display shelves and eventually gave in and bought her something. I told this story to my supervisor who has two small kiddos and she was like yeah, that’s nasty. Kids will be kids, but it is totally the adult’s job to teach their kids manners/ basic hygiene.
Definitely, accidents happen! Plus at 6 months old there’s nothing much you can do. But when it’s totally preventable it just drives me up the wall!
At the end of the day, I think it’s just freaking lazy to not teach this to our kids. We literally ALL know that sneezing and coughing spreads illness! Good for you for teaching this- in public situations you can’t really intervene. But you can sanitize and give side eye.
Post # 10
Kids. Are. Disgusting.
This grosses me out just thinking about it!
Post # 11
Ugh, terrible. Also, why do some who do cover their mouths, cough into the palm? Like when I’m on the bus and someone is coughing into their palm and then immediately grabs the pole… So bad. Always into the elbow.
Post # 12
- Wedding: Scotts ~ Walnut Creek
This is why I don’t care much for buffets or public transportation. Gross kids like this who aren’t taught to do better grow up to be gross adults. The kind that don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom, openly sneeze or cough over food and touch food with their bare icky hands then put it back. I saw someone dig for gold in his nose then casually wipe it on the seat next to him on the train once. 🤢 Never leave the house without disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer.
Post # 13
- Wedding: April 2019 - USA
Right?! I don’t care if the person washes their hands immediately after. But otherwise it’s not much better than just sneezing uncovered.
Yep exactly… I always carry hand sanitizer on me in my purse and at work.
UGH guys I’ve literally been sneezing nonstop today. If I get sick I’m going to be so pissed.
Post # 14
Early childhood is a really important state to instill good habits…that mother is being rather irresponsible to not even mention that she should cover her mouth.
As for the covering mouth with palms, thing…I mean, it isn’t as good as a vampire cough, but it’s better than nothing and making the germs airborn. At least if you touch something someone else touched with their germy hands, you could wash your own hands afterwards. I wouldn’t recommend teaching kids to use their hands though; that’s how I was taught to cover coughs and I’m still working on breaking that habit in favor of my elbow.
Post # 15
That’s disgusting and it bothers me too. I cough in my elbow but its automatic after working with food though.
I wouldn’t expect a 6 month old to cover their mouth. Lol. It’s one of those things that just happens. It’s a baby! Side note can’t believe your baby is 6 months already!! 😊