The Illness Threshold

Last night it occurred to me, I have not had to stay home with sick children in a really long time. It made me wonder, have we passed that mythical “illness threshold?” The one where your children have finally contracted and defeated every single variety of childhood illness available in their school/daycare.

I mentioned it to my husband and then realized the danger of mentioning such things out loud. Surely the universe will kick our asses for this. In a desperate attempt to prevent summer long viral infections for 4, we ran around the house knocking on wooden surfaces.

I have heard about this threshold before, but was afraid to believe it. At some point, after being sick for about 5-10 days every damn month of their years exposed to other children on a daily basis, they are supposed to pass this threshold. It is the stage where, after the immunity system boot-camp of daycare (or elementary school for those non-daycare kids), when they have finally built up the immune system muscles to kick some viral ass.

I’m hoping we have arrived at that blessed stage. Please don’t tell me that it doesn’t exist. Now excuse me, I have to go knock on some more wood.


About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home.
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2 Responses to The Illness Threshold

  1. tric says:

    Yes and cross your fingers and toes! I have not had a child at the doctor for the past 12 years. No antibiotic for 14 years! My youngest is now eleven and I always say our house ( clean but not spotless) has so many germs etc around every day that my kids have great immunity. Who knows the reason but I definitely think the threshold might have been reached by your kids. Now I too must look for some wood.

    • knock knock!

      Until recently we’ve had fairly predictable monthly illnesses for each child… and if they have a fever we have to (and do) keep them home from daycare. It gets to be a bit much though and I’m always catching up at work from staying home with sick children.

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