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Can kids spread illnesses/colds back and forth?

for example:
kid #1 comes to your house with runny nose/nasty cough.
following week kid #2 & #3 have runny nose/nasty cough
3rd week:kid #1 is better but kids#2 & #3 are still sick.
4th week: kids #2 & #3 are better but now kid #1 has runny nose/nasty cough.
5th week: kids #1,#2 & #3 have same runny nose/nasty cough...

but parent of kid #1 says its impossible for them to spread colds or whatever it is back and forth.That kids #2 & #3 are sick but kid #1 has a sinus infection or allergies or something else..EVEN THOUGH..all 3 have the same exact signs/symptoms.

kid #1 was taken to dr./dr. says not sure whats wrong.kid #1 has been on 3 different antibiotics,no help. Now taking an allergy med, which isn't helping.

so...whats your opinion on this confusing mess? Are colds spreadable back and forth? possible that the virus has mutated to be able to do that...or it just is possible.period.


Asked by Anonymous at 2:19 PM on Mar. 29, 2011 in Kids' Health

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Answers (5)
  • YES! It's not only possible but also PROBABLE!! The germs are all over any "public property". That would be...door knobs, light switches, cabinets, toys, phones, keyboards, computer mice, game controllers...let your imagination run wild here. If they touch it, the germs are THERE! I use a cleaning rag & a bottle of alcohol to clean ALL those types of things. I even do this at work! Especially during cold & flu season. Even people I work with have noted we pass things around a lot less & are inclined to do the same at home.

    Answer by specialwingz at 2:24 PM on Mar. 29, 2011

  • You have described any environment where kids come together to play or learn together. Yes kids spread illnesses and colds back and forth.


    Answer by pookiekins34 at 2:22 PM on Mar. 29, 2011

  • duh!!! lol

    Answer by trisha31 at 2:51 PM on Mar. 29, 2011

  • That's the way in works in our house.

    Answer by meooma at 3:55 PM on Mar. 29, 2011

  • typically no you can't spread them back and forth. Since once you have the cold you are typically immune to that particular strain. There are thousands of strains of a cold virus and they are constantly mutating into new ones. chances re kid one gave it to kids 2 and 3 then kid one picked up something new to share then they all picked something up at the same time. Or allergies sounds like a good explanation as well with pollen counts going up and down.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 2:24 PM on Mar. 29, 2011