MOTHERS fall ill an average of 324 times during their child’s childhood years and most of these illnesses have been passed on from their youngsters.
A survey of 2,000 parents found that 68 per cent of women said they often got more sick after having children and admitted to only feeling completely well for an average of 13 days per month.
From when their child is born to the age of 18, mothers will suffer from around 54 colds, as well as a total of 108 sore throats or runny noses, as well as around 36 sickness bugs.
The survey by Healthspan also reported that 72 per cent of mothers said that they cope with being ill better than their partner does. Around 36 per cent soldier on through feeling bad, but their partners have to resort to bed rest.
Psychologists believe this could be similar to the flight or fight response, with women unconsciously needing to do everything to ensure the survival of their child and safeguard their family.
The study also found that two-thirds of people were prone to becoming ill when they switch off or take a holiday. This is because stress can effect the immune system and at the end of periods of stress the immune system remains relaxed and leaves people more vulnerable to illness.
In a bid to prevent winter colds affecting your children, and you, stay warm and cosy. Encourage children to wash their hands properly using soap and wipe down surfaces, such as door handles, regularly with anti-bacterial wipes or sprays.
Eat healthily to increase your vitamin and mineral take to provide greater defence against colds and try taking a multivitamin, although check before giving to a child.