Toddlers are walking petri dishes. It's a wonder all moms don't buy stock in Kleenex with the amount of snot exiting the nostrils of their precious little ones. Between daycare and playdates, small children are exposed to an enormous number of insidious microbes. From the common cold to hand-foot-mouth disease, 2- and 3-year-olds are veritable bacteria and virus magnets. I have to give it to them, though. Toddlers are resilient AF. Resilient... and generous. As you watch their tiny bodies valiantly fighting off those infections, you'll soon discover the many creative ways toddlers spread germs.
During her 2.5 years on the planet, my daughter has blessedly been mostly healthy (*knocks on every wooden surface within reach*). She's lucky in that she inherited her dad's "my white blood cells are superior to yours" immune system. So it was an unpleasant surprise when, last week, she spiked a fever and vomited (on me, because of course). I prayed to all that I hold holy that it wasn't the flu (she had her shot, but you never know which strain you're dealing with). The next morning, I got an email from her preschool that there was a case of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in her classroom. Her symptoms seemed to fit, so we buckled in for a some days at home. In the five days it took for her to get well, I swear that kid did her damnedest to infect every other member of our household.
To be clear, I don't actually think my baby girl is maliciously trying to get me sick, but when she does the following, it's hard not to feel personally victimized: