Ask Rocco: 09/29

Are you the reason your kids are getting sick?

By Rocco Castelland

These past two weeks I have given you my opinion on vaccines—but there is more to the story than just giving kids shots that they don’t need. The modern family is a two-income family now and every woman (and man for that matter) believes they can have children and still have two careers. FYI: you can’t.

We as a society are living beyond our means—paycheck to paycheck for the most part—and are literally asking other people to watch our children so we can go to work. I’ve never seen a dumber thing in my whole life.

If you want to have children and you can’t afford not to work, don’t have children or move into a smaller house, use a cheaper car and take the necessary actions to make it work.

Last week I explained what vaccines I didn’t think were necessary because most of these diseases are communicable, which means you have to be around people who are infected to get it. So, infants, toddlers and children under 5 years of age that go to daycare—or like some idiots like to call it, pre-school—create an environment for all of these communicable diseases. This really is going to get me in trouble, but all the single mothers out there that keep having children and sending them to daycare are contributing to the onslaught of communicable diseases—and that’s just annoying. I know that the only thing most people will remember about this column is that I said “Single women are the root of all evil,” but hopefully you are one of the more intelligent of the species and will know better.

If people just thought a little more before they had sex or started a family it would create a much safer environment for everyone involved.

The most common way babies get sick is through unsanitary people or caregivers at daycare centers changing too many diapers, wiping fluids off faces and not washing their hands. I know this is disgusting but it is a very real scenario.

So ask questions and monitor the daycare center that you will be leaving your newly hatched child in for hours at a time. Don’t just drop them off and think that everything will be ok—that’s a recipe
for disaster.

Pediatricians as well as parents need to take some responsibility in this also. I know that most pediatricians are going to think I’m crazy to offer this suggestion, but you need to take more of an interest in your little patients. There are lots of paperwork we have to fill out but never are there any questions about breastfeeding, whether we work from home or whether we will be using daycare or in-home help. Most pediatricians just assume we are like all the others that may be coming to their practice. If you ask the right questions you’ll be able to make better informed decisions about your patients. Parents, if your pediatrician doesn’t ask the right questions then offer the information to them.

The best thing you can do as a parent is make sure your baby is breastfed for a very long time—two years is recommended. I know it’s inconvenient but it’s going to make your baby healthier.

And do not bring or leave your child in daycare, preschool or whatever the hell you want to call it, not even at the gym—well, especially  not at the gym. Please make sure you are eating healthy with a really good balance of vegetables, fruits and proteins (meat and eggs). The healthier you are, the healthier your baby will be and the stronger their immune system will be to fight off all the nasty shit that keeps us up at night.

One thing that my wife laughs at me about is that I screen all the people who come in contact with our baby. If someone sneezes, has a scratchy throat I tell them to get the f–k away from my kid. I would rather offend someone, which I usually do, than expose my little one to an illness. If need be make the sick person wear a mask and rubber gloves… I do it because I’m just not a big fan of sick people getting my baby sick. So take the necessary precautions.

I have developed a lifestyle that allows my wife and me to stay home with my son. She breastfeeds him whenever he is hungry, which is literally all the time. He is never in daycare or the grocery store where he can be exposed to nasty germs. I wash my hands and my wife washes her hands every time we handle anything from the outside, so it would be nearly impossible for my son to contract any of the common communicable diseases and will never contract the rare ones. Is it a little inconvenient, yes, but children aren’t supposed to be convenient, now are they?

I’m no idiot, I know that what I have proposed is not ideal for 80 percent of the people out there having children. Until the CDC figures out a better way, it is up to pediatricians and parents to make informed decisions focused on our little ones. Do your own research, ask questions and whatever you do don’t just leave it up to your doctor.

The views and opinions expressed in Ask Rocco are the views and/or opinions of the author and do not reflect the views and/or opinions of the Dayton City Paper or Dayton City Media and are published strictly for entertainment purposes.

Rocco Castellano is the author of “askROCCO Uncensored v1,” a speaker and a controversial fitness personality who has won an Emmy for his fitness training role in MTV’s Made. For more information, please visit

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Rocco Castellano is the author of “askROCCO Uncensored v1,” a speaker and a controversial fitness personality who has won an Emmy for his fitness training role in MTV’s Made. For more information, please visit

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