what food do you give your sick child?

India
September 5, 2007 3:51am CST
what food do you give your child when he is sick? my son, aged 8 is suffering from mild cold & cough with sympathetic fever. as is usual of such small children, he becomes very cranky at the same time he is hungry too! this happens 2 to 3 times a year, specially during change of season. rice in such conditions is a strict 'no no' but he doesnt want to chew bread either. he says he has no 'taste' for food but i just cant let him go hungry. he is normal again after a week maybe. but during these 5/7 days, i go mad. what food to give to small children under such conditions which is both palatable and nutritious?
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@sephrenia (567)
5 Sep 07
When my daughter gets sick I just give her dry toast and water to be honest. I dont give her very much because i dont know how she's going to handle it. If she can get it down and it stays down for an hour then I try something else like a bit of cereal and perhaps some orange juice. If it comes up again I just start over until I find something she can handle.
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• India
5 Sep 07
Thanks for your response but how old is your child? Toast I know is very good and digestible too, but is it enough, especially when he has to take medicines too? What cereals do you give her?
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5 Sep 07
My daughter is 8 and I know that toast isn't really enough so when she's up to having cereals, I try to give her something like weetabix or cornflakes to see how she does on those. Most of the time she's ok but ocassionally she will throwup again so we wait a while before trying again. If she holds the toast down I expect an hour to pass without her being sick and when she makes it to cereal, I expect her to be able to hold that for two hours before possibly moving onto soup or broth. For some reason lucozade also seems to help her out a whole heap when it comes to liquids but again, I expect her to be able to hold her water and orange juice before I will let her drink lucozade.
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@anonymili (3138)
5 Sep 07
As you know hun I don't have children but my mother has been a childminder for over 35 years and the tradition in the UK to give to sick children of any age (and even adults too actually) is to give them soup. Creamy chicken soup is very popular for people feeling under the weather but if you can't get hold of soup or make it yourself - daal would be a perfect substitute. Here's a little recipe for chicken soup if you want to try it out yourself: http://southernfood.about.com/od/chickensouprecipes/r/bl61220c.htm Or if you're vegetarian, try out this recipe for vegetable soup: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/goodvegetablesoup_73412.shtml Good luck. x
• India
5 Sep 07
thnks for the tip. i went to the site and intend trying it out over this weekend. but for these remaining days, i think i will try out daal (that's a good idea, specially masoor daal) and dry toast.
5 Sep 07
yes, give them porridge or chicken soup - no solid food at this time. when i was very young and sick (even at this age, i'll have soup).
• India
5 Sep 07
Hi Singlepixel, yep, chicken soup it will be then, with hot toast. i love chicked soup too, its one of my best comfort foods.
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@diansinta (7550)
• Indonesia
6 Sep 07
sick - sick image
i haven't got a chance to raised a child before, but my mom use to bring me my favorite food.But i think she been adding in my rice cake vitamin or honey in it because its taste funny. Lol, but my mother insist that it was my tongue that was can't taste well because still sick.hahah anyway honey helps me to get better.
• India
6 Sep 07
yes, honey is a natural remedy for cough in children. thanks for the response.
@diansinta (7550)
• Indonesia
6 Sep 07
you welcome .. honey helps our imun system too! happy posting :D
@dpk262006 (56761)
• Delhi, India
6 Sep 07
Children and we people - How to look after children
You can try KICHIDI, Daliya, Sabaudana khichida, Poha (made from chidwa) and you can offer him tea with Tulsi and ginger, when he is ill. If he does not like Maida bread (i.e. Normal bread) try offering him Wheat bread with Jam or Cheese spread. I agree it is a real headache to feed children when they are not well. Have a nice day!
• India
6 Sep 07
he was on soup and toast last night but today i will give him masoor dal and mashed rice for dinner. with exams going on, he can't skip school and only soup is making him weak i think (you know how mothers are). anything more solid, he can't keep down. he threw up thrice last evening,but i think that helped too, as a lot of mucus and cough came out. he is a bit better today. thnks for suggestions. sudipta
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@dpk262006 (56761)
• Delhi, India
6 Sep 07
You are doing the right thing. Do lose heart, children are like that only, everyone bothers his/her partents life this. Be patient! Things will be OK soon!
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
5 Sep 07
Most pediatritians I have talked to say the BRAT diet is the best. Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast tends to stay down and keep them happy. I know if your child (or you, for that matter) is having loose stools, chicken and rice soup works wonders. The doctors also say as long as they are drinking plenty of fluids you should not worry too much that they are not eating. Most kids are not in danger of starving, but dehydration is always a concern. I hope this helps and I hope your little one feels better soon.
• India
6 Sep 07
No he is not passing loose stool (thank God for that). he is on soup and toast (as many friends here suggested that). banana i know is a good option too, as paediatricians say that it helps to clear the conjestion in the chest, but i dont know how to make applesauce. any help?
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
6 Sep 07
Well, I usually just buy it at the store but you can make it easily yourself. Just Peel, core and chop up and apple. Place in a pan with a small amount of water and cook until soft. Blend or mash the soft apple until smooth, add sugar and cinnamon(optional) to taste and you have applesauce!
• India
6 Sep 07
ligh food like dal chaval etc orange juice etc no milk
• India
6 Sep 07
yes i will give daal chawal tonight for dinner. thnks for the response
• India
5 Sep 07
Hi!Well, first of all, I would like to suggest that give your child a teaspoon of a mikture of honey lime & ginger in the morning, for the cough & cold. As for the DIET, give hot soups...Tomato or Vegetable. Cornflakes in hot milk would make an ideal breakfast. Alittle overcooked rice with hot DAL & some greens would form the healthy lunch.You could make variations with hot IDLIS or UPUMA.A cup of hot milk mixed with turmeric powder at bedtime could do wonders. GOD BLESS!! www.creatingcolourfulfuture.com
• India
6 Sep 07
the problem with cornflakes is that when he is swallowing biscuits even, it is irritating his throat and he is throwing up. he did that thrice last night, so i have him just hot toast dipped in chicken soup. i will give him some mashed rice in boiled masoor daal for dinner tonight as per your suggestions. thanks a ton.
@cutepenguin (6448)
• Canada
5 Sep 07
While I was growing up, if I was sick, my mom would give me: rice in water applesauce dry toast My husband apparently got: popsicles (frozen orange juice on a stick) bananas dry toast
• India
6 Sep 07
rice in water and banana is good too, but frozen orange juice in fever and cough...is it good?
@aissha (2036)
• India
5 Sep 07
in north compared to south even in bengal u are north ,in south it is fine to give rice ,the freshly cooked as it is light ,plus give him soup ,if u take non-veg then give him chicken soup ,i hvheard it is good.if he likes sweet then give him sago we call saboo dana payas ,lol
• India
5 Sep 07
yes i know saboo danaa payas,(we have it in Bengal too) but he hates it and rice is banned coz of its water content. but chicken soup has got the highest referrals, so i'll stick to that for the time being. thanks for your response.
@prily9 (568)
• Indonesia
5 Sep 07
If my daughters sick I always gave them porridge or brad with sugar and also I gave them hot tea. what I gave was base from my father. he is a pediatrician. I hope this will help.
• India
5 Sep 07
yes tea is good, i think i will skip milk and give him tea and toast as breakfast tomorrow before school. sometimes mild curdles in the stomach and chilren throw up, but tea is harmless. thnks to both you and your dad.
@bunnybon7 (43585)
• Holiday, Florida
23 Apr 09
i usually would give mine orange juice. make sure its a sweet kind and they always liked chicken noodle soup. yum.
@oyenkai (4396)
• Philippines
21 Apr 09
My mother always feeds me with fruits and "lugaw" (rice soup with chicken - it's oil free, which makes it very easy to digest). She also gives me pineapple juice for the vitamin C. I think that foods that aren't oily and are easy to digest should be fed to sick people (kids or adults). Thanks for the response on my discussion!
@ronnyb (6117)
• Jamaica
10 Feb 09
I would think soup is a good choice especially if it is warm .My reason for saying that he needs something warm in his stomach at least that is what my grandma usually says as this will help to prevent gas buildup in your stomach .In addition the warm liquid is easier to go down as he is not require dto swallow and this usually would make him sweat and I find that when I sweat I usually feel better .
@riyasam (16570)
• India
28 Jan 09
i give them soups or very plain rice overcooked in water.it works well,as when kids are ill,the body require a lot of water,which will also be met ,if one gives them liquid diet.
@checapricorn (16065)
• United States
15 Jan 09
[i]Whenever my friends kids are sick, they give them hot soup like chicken soup with soft vegetables! Or sometimes, kids also will ask for something during this time![/i]
• India
31 Aug 08
see, you should give him paracetamol during these times. or else actified plus is a good medicine. it has pseudo ephedrine which brings relief from running nose and cough. so, give him proper treatment. also give some warm drinks like complan or horlicks to make him feel better
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
20 Feb 08
When my son is sick, I try to give him warm soup (nothing with creamy base) just typical chicken noodle or I'll strain it and just give that to him with some toast and I'll go buy some 7 up or gingerale. It's what my mom use to do for me. He tries to resist it but I end up getting him to eat it, or just at least sip at the soup. I try to keep him full of fluids if he won't eat because I wouldn't want him getting dehydrated.
@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
11 Sep 07
i dont have a child yet nor am i married but whenever a kid gets sick in our house, the usual food we give to him/her is hot soup or noodles and then make him drink a lot of water or juice. we also give oranges to increase his/her vitamin c intake and strenghten his/her immune system. ^__^