Mine have had chicken pox and whooping cough. Maybe some others but none that stand out as different than having a cold or flu. We went to a pox party (which I found here in our tribe section) for pox so we were very prepared. With the exception of one neighbor that had a newborn in the house, everyone in our neighborhood was constantly sending their kids over to play, with a single popsicle, lolipop, or soda to share with my kids. lol We were the only non-vaxers in the hood, but even vaxers know that catching the bug is the best defense. ;) I had let them all know that my kids were exposed (just not that we did it on purpose) and how the others were reacting, so they could keep their kids isolated if they wanted to. Like I said, that one family was very annoyed at us for not keeping our kids isolated, so they had to keep theirs in isolation for like 3 months while pox spread around the neighborhood. lol Everyone else thought it was weird I would bother to warn them, but figured they'd take advantage of the knowledge anyway.
With whooping cough, ds has some serious problems with anti-biotics so I did a LOT of research as soon as I thought he *might* have it. What I found was something better than anti-biotics. High doses (like, as much as your kid's stomach can stand) of vitamin C. Not for it's boost to the body. When added to a petri dish with the bacteria...not only does it kill the bacteria, but it breaks up the waste the bacteria creates. You keep having symptoms while the waste is in your system. Anti-biotics kill the bacteria so you aren't contagious, but your body has to clear the dead bacteria and waste out still. Pumping a ton of vit C through your system (if you get the runs, you're taking too much. Anything short of that will have no adverse effect), kills the bacteria and breaks up the waste so your body can dispose of it faster. It's important to spread out the Vit C through your day. Whatever pill size you get, take only one at a time. 500mg at each meal, or 1000mg each hour....whatever schedule works best for you. Ds had whooping cough for about a week...he had symptoms for 2 days from the time we started vit C. We kept going an additional day, just to be on the safe side. The problem with vit C is that everyone's body is different so the dosage isn't easily standardized. At 11, ds was taking like 5000mg daily plus eating tons of citrus fruits at that time. When a 4yr old we knew caught whooping cough, he was only able to take like 1500mg daily comfortably. He had symptoms for about a week after starting treatment. An adult friend used this treatment, too, but at 6000mg daily and had symptoms for a week after starting treatment. She had a host of medical issues though, one of which caused constipation so the vit C wasn't an issue like it might be for someone else.