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Man Cold's, Why are Men Such Babies

Updated on March 15, 2010

My Husband Has a Cold

My husband has a cold. Big deal, right?? NOT. But he certainly thinks so. Why are men such babies when it comes to being sick whether it's a cold or flu they act like it's the end of the world. I never could understand this. They lay around the house, on my couch or in the bed, sniffling and coughing. Moaning and groaning. " Honey I'm thirsty, can you get me something to drink." They are to sick to go to work and they just can't get up to get that glass of juice. I set out all the cold medications I have in the house and they refuse to take them. What's up with that. Are we trying to prolong the cold?? Trying to get a few more days off work perhaps. I feel for them, no one likes to have a cold. They are miserable. But I'm pretty sure it's not the end of the world. " Honey, I think I have a fever, can you check it for me, ya I got a fever, I feel hot, are your getting the thermometer"? Good thing our menfolk are cute and we love them. 

What's the Deal

Why won't men seek medical attention. They like being sick for the attention?? My husband hasn't been to the doctor in over 12 years. Why you ask. Beats me. Machoism, or a I can heal myself attitude? It's a mystery to me. Most men will ignore the need to go to the doctor because real men don't need doctors. They will however moan and groan to get the attention at home. My theory is they want to be treated like they were treated by their mom's when they were little. Really every woman knows most men are just little kids in big bodies. When a woman is sick there is still work to be done. The house needs cleaning, the food needs cooking, the laundry needs to be done. I read somewhere that a woman's tolerance for pain is much greater than a man's. I'm fairly certain that if the child bearing was shared among the sexes and the man had the first baby, the woman the second there would not be a third. Along with the pain of delivery there is all that poking and prodding while pregnant. All those doctor visits, "Are you kidding me I gotta go to the doctor's again, I was just there last month". So I suppose we should be grateful that men do not bear children, and just pamper them when they are sick. It's certainly what they expect. And we women even though we think they are just being big babies, have this inborn maternal instinct that just kicks in when one of our loved ones are sick. My sons are both in their late teens and they act the same way when sick. It must be the testosterone.

What Do We Do

What do we do when our man has a cold. I try repeatedly to get him to take something for it. I know this is a losing cause but I try anyway. I coddle and coo and assure them that this is the worst cold ever and I am so sorry they have this awful affliction. I assure them that I will do anything to help them, get anything they might need. I give them the puppy dog eyes, I am so truly sorry you are so darn sick. I make the homemade chicken soup. I put on their favorite show or movie. I ask, " Is there anything I can do for you". A man cold is not the plague, or cancer, or a brain tumor. But it sure seems like it. So we grin and bear it and hope it goes away real soon. And when we leave the room we roll our eyes and shake our heads.

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    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Hi JLO, I don't think his behavior will change, it's the nature of the beast. We all get sick at some time or another, but us women have to keep getting things done. Good luck with him.

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      JLO 

      6 years ago

      Ditto, Ditto and Ditto ~ after 2o years of marriage I still do not understand this behavior... my husband feels that I am not understanding and he totally withdraws from me, he gets super grumpy and nothing I do is good enough and says that I am not being compassionate~ i need advise

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      LOL thanks so much Big Joe, most men take offense but I really just wanted to write a humorous piece. Thanks for giving it a read.

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      bigjoeapps 

      6 years ago

      Nice Hub fishtiger58, you really had me laughing good because I know some men that are a lot like that...

      Myself though, when I get a cold, as long as I get some chicken noodle soup, the TV remote, someone to bring me a pillow from the bedroom while I lay on the couch and watch TV, I'm good with that... maybe a foot rub too every now and then... :) Hahaha ... Just Kidding, Nice HubFishtiger

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Oh yes yes yes, I am howling with laughter Sarah, that's just the way men are and we love them. Thanks for reading my hub

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      Sarah 

      6 years ago

      So this is the thing....my husband has got a cold which i only had myself a couple of weeks back, i still went to work, did the school runs, cooked, cleaned etc, but now he has got it, well he thinks he is dying, in fact he is totally doing my head in, why do men act this way, i was really fed up with him but after reading the comments on this hub i'm now smiling and realised i don't really know why i am getting so irritated i think i will just leave him to die queitly lol.

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks for viewing my hub Trevor, I do have the utmost sympathy for my men folk when they are sick. Really I am just teasing.

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      Trevor 

      6 years ago

      Women have better immune systems. Nature keeps you alive because you have to bear the children, whereas men are more dispensible.

      So yes, a woman's body does handle the virus faster and more efficiently then a man's, and yes, a man does suffer more, and for a longer period of time, than a woman.

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      Guest! 

      7 years ago

      nice one john - I will admit i avoid people with colds like the plague - i hate feeling under the weather, but i don't bug my wife with it. I do inform her to leave me alone and let me rest - I hate sitting at my desk with a headache - so i take the fastest route to recovery!

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      LOL John thanks for reading my hub and commenting.

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      John 

      7 years ago

      Love the comments! Most medical literature specifies REST and liquids as best cold treatment. We men take the advice literally because we want to be up and about earlier to go hunt food and watch the footy

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks for reading my hub julieeeee I would say no maybe it's time to kick him to the curb lol.

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      julieeeee 

      7 years ago

      soooo my boyfriend got his wisdom teeth out. im sooo confused on the way i am feeling towards him. its a long story...........pretty much...he is the biggest baby in the world. i have no absolutely no empathy and im trying not to be a bitch to him but babies annoy the crap put of me! ive been trying but i get in the weirdest mood when im around him. it annoys me soo bad!!! is this normal?

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks so much jayjay so kind of you to say. I did mean it as a humorous piece.

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      jayjay40 

      8 years ago from Bristol England

      Lovely hub, love your sense of humour. Well done

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks for your kind comments sexeducationnow.

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      LOL yes they are Stacie good thing we love them.

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      Stacie L 

      8 years ago

      oh you are so right! they are the biggest babies! = )

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      sexeducationnow 

      8 years ago

      lol..i agree..nice topic for a hub !!:D loved it !

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thanks K for your wonderful comments. Thanks Jan I love you.

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      JanL 

      8 years ago

      Ohhh Fishtiger, your article had me on the floor laughing. I would have totally agreed with you had I not met and married my wonderful husband. My first husband was TOTALLY like that, but not the wonderful man I'm married to now. He's very independent and keeps on going, just like that darn bunny. lol I'm truly the luckiest woman in the world.

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      K Partin 

      8 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      Ha! This is funny. I can say I've not experienced the pain of child birth probably cause I'm a guy. But I do have a high pain tolerance. Been through triple by-pass, both knees scoped, and just recently total hip replacement. A COLD? Geez that's nothing!! But I do agree there are some real cry babies out there for sure. Thanks for sharing K.

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      LOL Thanks mpurcell funny they all act that way. Thanks for your great comments.

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      mpurcell10 

      8 years ago from Arkansas

      So funny.My husband is a big baby. I think its his way of getting attention. Like I don't have enough to do but baby him. I pray nothing major ever happens to me he will be screwed if it does. I can't imagine what my house would look like. 20 years of marriage and I am still waiting for him to pick up his dirty clothes.

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      LOL thanks so very much for your comments Michael. You being a man it means a lot that you like my hub. Most men don't however. Thanks again.

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      Michael Willis 

      8 years ago from Arkansas

      Lol, I enjoyed this. Women are the more compassionate ones of the sexes and are soooo good at taking care of others, even men when we are sick. And, of course we like the extra attention. (at home)

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      LOL Izzy, thanks for your comments. All us women agree that's how guys are but we love them. My hubby and other men however do not agree with my woman's viewpoint. Oh well.

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      IzzyM 

      8 years ago from UK

      All men in my experience are the same as you describe above. You got it exactly!

      It's never just a simple head-cold. Oh no, it's the flu! Try pointing out to them that if it was the flu they would not be able to stand up! I had the flu once and I was really ill. I could not raise my head above the pillow for love nor money.

      I just call it man-flu now when they catch a cold.

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Lol ok Taky I will take your comments under advisement. With the wrong man?? Hmmmmm.

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      Taky Dine 

      8 years ago

      in my whole life, i haven't seen somebody who say other are babies and childish and didn't turned out to be the one who is like that.

      you're just with the wrong man anyway

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Thank you for your comments. Yup sounds like all our husbands.

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      cashmere 

      8 years ago from India

      That sounds so much like my husband! :)

      Thank you for becoming a fan.

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      You got that right midnight, thanks for your comments, like I said good thing they are cute and we love them.

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      Haydee Anderson 

      8 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      I love your lens and i totally agree with you. when we have a flu or fever, its not a big deal, we just take medications and continue with our daily routine, but when my my boyfriend got even a stomach ache, he immediately call as its is really a big concern, i guess its more like the attention thing, though they act as if they are strong and tough, they still want to be taken cared of.

      they want us to remind or wake them up, when they can set an alarm or reminder on their cell phone or be their assistant when they wanted to cook or do household chores.

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Hi Nell so glad you enjoyed it guess men are the same world wide. LOL

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hiya, I know, believe me I know! the funny thing is my brother is the worse, if he has a head cold and goes deaf, he thinks he has burst his eardrum (today!) if he has a headache, he thinks he is dying. the funny thing is if he gets two things at once, he always moans about one or the other but not two. I think he forgets he has got the other ailment, he milks it to death, just the one! and then if one of the things has gone the next day, he suddenly remembers about the other one.....thanks, made me laugh. Nell

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Yes we are Suzie way tougher.

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      suziecat7 

      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Women are so much tougher than men.

    • fishtiger58 profile imageAUTHOR

      fishtiger58 

      8 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      LOL it's universal your comments are to funny. Thanks for sharing.

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      pddm67 

      8 years ago from Queens, New York

      Too true! I feel your pain and am right there beside you. My child, sorry, I mean husband, just got over a bad cold and the scenario played out just as you had it above - right down to me rolling my eyes as I left the room :-) Hey it's part of the job (right?) - for better or worse - I knew what I was signing on for. Keep grinning & bearing it - you're not alone! Rock on!

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