Children bring many things to their parents’ lives: happiness, sleepless nights… and viruses. But although parents do catch infections from their kids, it seems parents are also more resistant to colds and flu.
Scientists reviewed three studies in which researchers put either a flu virus or a rhinovirus, which causes colds, into people’s noses, then tracked who fell ill. They found that parents were only 48 per cent as likely to develop an infection as people with no kids.
The more children there were in the family, the more parents were protected against illness. Learn more here.