Oft-forgotten germ spreader: lip balm!
Lisa's on the germ hunt:
My family has been passing the cold bug around to one another. So I've been trying to catch all the ways that our germs are spreading (buying new toothbrushes, careful with sharing cups etc). I just realized one germ factory that I had overlooked - CHAPSTICK! My 22-month-old LOVES lip balm and slathers it on every chance he gets - if he finds one, it will be completely germified in about a second! So I bought each family member a personal lip balm and now everyone has their own color. We are all PROHIBITED from using one that is not ours. My son know that his is black and won't even touch ours!
I also noticed that we all use the same hand towel to dry our faces after brushing teeth...germifying potential there, too. I'm not generally a germiphobe -- I just keep getting everyone to wash hands every hour or two when someone's sick -- but one may as well get rid of obvious culprits.
What do you do to keep a kid's cold from getting passed around?