At any rate some things I have found to help lessen the frequency and severity of illnesses are mega doses of vitamin C in the form of sodium ascorbate daily, elder berry syrup, vitamin D, and probiotics. Hand washing is essential every time you visit somewhere public and I carry sanitizer for times when hand washing can't happen. Wiping down counter tops and doorknobs with TTO or Thyme is a good habit to get into as well. We also don't take baby out in super crowded areas for the first couple of months and baby stays in a carrier when we do go out. But honestly I think the number one thing to prevent and lessen severity of illness is SLEEP. It's not really something we as mothers have a whole lot of control over, but I know that when I can actually get decent sleep or take naps when sick that I get better quicker or can prevent getting an illness that both my kids have. There really is not a substitute for sleep, unfortunately.
Great tips! I know all these things in theory but it's good to have reminders of things to do.
Kaypea, as far as planes go I think my in-laws are probably going to fly in the evening (hopefully!) Perhaps we can wait to visit until the next day once they've changed clothes, etc. Planes are seriously so gross- all that recirculated air and people coughing and sneezing and YUCK. It's just a hotbed of illness (I totally feel like Ben Stiller in Along Came Polly right now... but it's true!) You're totally right about things being most contagious in the latent phase. Uggghhhh. So even when they're "not sick" they are carrying all that nastiness. Ick.
I know it's no big deal for baby to get the sniffles or something, but it's those nastier bugs (flu, RSV, etc.) that are scary. I'm so sorry that you had to go through that, Wendy! That's terrifying. A spinal tap on a 3-week old?! It must have been so traumatic for you :-(