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    I teach my kids 'the elephant' - which is coughing into the crook of their arm (using it like an elephants trunk). Much more hygienic than using a hand. I sing a little song 'if you have to cough or sneeze, do the elephant please'.
    They sometimes use their hand though, or forget altogether but i always make a point to get them to cover their mouth and cringe when i see kids cough all over the place while the parents don't even attempt to get them to cover their mouth.

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    Would y'all ever say anything to the kid/parents? (politely of course eg "oh sweetie are you ok? you might want to cover your mouth when you cough.")

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Would y'all ever say anything to the kid/parents? (politely of course eg "oh sweetie are you ok? you might want to cover your mouth when you cough.")
    Ah, no. If you don't know them, that's just weird. Not to mention I don't want to risk a barrage of abuse, especially if my children are with me.

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    Yes, I had all my toddlers (10 of them) grabbing a tissue to cough into then washing hands. With dd, she coughs into her elbow when out in case she can't wash her hands.

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    I tell DS to cover his mouth when he coughs and generally he does. Unless he's REALLY distracted *chuckle*.
    But often I don't get the time to tell him to cover his mouth when he sneezes and he hasn't quite cottoned onto doing it in advance. I remind him once he's sneezed to try to reinforce it for next time but it doesn't always work.
    He's three, so he's still getting the whole 'social etiquette' thing. But I do cringe a little when I see other kids hacking all over things that other people will be touching.

    I would never dream of telling someone else's child to cover their mouth though. It's the parents job to teach the child, not a stranger's. If it was a friend's child I would, just as I expect my friends to do the same with my DS. But not a stranger's child.

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    Yep, I'm pretty anal about it.

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    Yep - always cover, that "mum" voice comes out almost like an innate reflex *cough cough* , 'cover your mouth honey'.

    I do recommend they cough openly in the shower or in the bathroom when they are sick to try and break up what ever is one their chest - DS started coughing with his lips closed...which doesn't help the body do what it is trying to do.

    But always always cover in public.


 

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