Every parent’s nightmare is to see their baby sick. It’s so heartbreaking and distressing to suddenly see your chirpy munchkin ill and droopy. And the hardest part for mommies is to feed them healthy stuff when they don’t want to eat anything.
Few days back my 2 year old suddenly had a fever in the middle of the night. It wasn’t that high then but the next night it went up to 104. Me and my husband got scared to the core. We quickly called my brother in law who is a pediatrician and took quick measures to bring his body temperature down. Thankfully it worked.
They next day, again fever as high as 104 with no other symptoms. No cough, cold or anything, just fever going straight up-to 104 within minutes. Since there were no other symptoms we had to get couple of tests done. Thankfully it was negative and it turned out to be a Bacterial infection which had to be treated with antibiotics.
So the obvious is when kids are sick, food is one thing they will run away from. And like it’s said, when you don’t feel like eating, that’s when your body requires the food most. There are certain hacks I would love to share with all the mommies on how to help your child eat healthy stuff. It helped me a great deal. He’s absolutely fine now without any signs of weakness and not much of weight loss throughout his infection which was an achievement for me. Whew!! ? Touchwood!
Also, please share your hacks/tips so that we can all benefit from it. ?
If high fever is the only symptom, your child needs a calorie dense diet. This is because in such high fever, your child’s metabolic rate is raised so the body burns a lot of calories leading to weight loss and weakness.
You need to offer several small meals during the course of the day. And by calorie dense, I don’t mean too heavy or oily food.
And most importantly make sure your child remains hydrated. With high fever comes the risk of dehydration. Kids sweat a lot once the fever comes down. Make sure you offer few sips of water every hour. If they refuse, apply tricks, change cups, use straws anything that works for you but make sure they are taking enough fluids.
When toddlers eat less, the trick is to feed them more nutrition in less. Few points, I would like to share:
1: Soak nuts at night and give this to your child in the morning. You can soak almonds, raisins, walnut, dried apricot and date. Dried nuts are a great source of energy. This is your child’s morning fuel and it’s super rich in proteins and iron.
So now the question is how to give them these?
I usually make a porridge for him in the morning with suji/dalia/oats and a fruit and add this in his porridge.
For recipe refrence: Eatlo Delhi NCR Post
2: Custard goes down very well with kids. Make custard the usual way. Mash in half a banana and an egg yolk. Add brown sugar/shakar or honey to sweeten it. It’s super delicious.
3: While making chapati or parantha for your child, add a tsp of flaxseeds and melon seeds powder in his dough or you can also add this in his porridge or custard.
4: When I give my child milk, i avoided serving plain milk to him. I always made him milkshakes with different fruits: banana, mango, apple, chiku. Add couple of drops of vanilla extract, a pinch of cinnamon to enhance the taste.
5: Mashed Potatoes with Eggs: This went very well with. Potatoes are rich in Vitamin C and egg without a doubt is super nutritious.
For recipe: Eatlo Delhi NCR Post 2
6: Try Peanut butter milkshake for your child. Peanut butter is super healthy and rich in proteins. It tastes best with bananas. Just add a tsp of peanut butter in banana milkshake.
7: Make sure you are feeding your child foods rich in Vitamin C to boost his immune system. The best way to serve this is with iron rich food. Like my son likes scrambled eggs: so I grate red bell pepper, capsicum and broccoli (all three are great source of vitmain C) and some chopped spinach leaves. Cook these in olive oil/butter till tender and then add beaten eggs.
-You can also try spinach, tomato, capsicum and potato soup for him.
-Or make suji upma/vegetable oats with veggies rich in Vitamin C.
8: To increase the nutritional value of any vegetable you cook for your child, instead of adding coriander leaves, sprinkle some spinach leaves and cook for 2 mins or till tender.
9: Methi leaves are another super nutritious food. It’s rich in calcium, phosphorus, Iron and Vitamin C.
Try feeding your child methi parantha. Just blanch methi leaves and a make smooth puree. To this add salt and half a BANANA and knead the dough with this. Not only banana makes it more healthy and filling but the sweetness of banana will balance the bitterness and strong flavour of methi making it more delicious.
10: Encourage your child to have yogurt. This was the only thing he took willingly and for rest i had to work really hard.
Probiotics in yogurt will help boost your child’s immune and digestive system.
Give yogurt at room temperature. Avoid chilled yogurt.
11: You can also add boiled egg yolk in banana/apple/mango milkshake.
12: Offer Beetroot to your baby. It’s super rich in not only Vitamin C but also Vitamin B complex and folate. It also has a mild laxative effect which can help your child poop well because medication often tend to constipate babies.
-you can puree steamed beets in mashed potatoes. Kids love the colour.
-Add beets in scrambled eggs.
-make beet and banana smoothie. Steam a slice of beetroot and blend it with half a banana and a glass of milk/yogurt. This worked for me wonderfully.
These are some of the tips that helped my child fight the infection. I hope it helps you as well.
If you usually feed your child every 3 to 3.30 hours but when he’s sick, feed him every 2 to 2.30 hours.
Go in for small bites. Kids puke the most when sick. Check for signs. Feed wait for few seconds and feed again. Requires hell lot of patience but it’s all worth it.
Do not force feed your baby. Food is important but it’s ok if he takes only few bites and leaves the rest. Try after another hour.
But what’s most important is to keep your child hydrated at all times.
Lastly and most importantly, ditch white sugar all together for your child esp when sick. Sweeten your child’s food with shakar/jaggery which are rich in iron or honey.
He’ll get enough natural sugar from fruits and other food.
White sugar will only lower your child’s immune system or lead to obesity.
~ As shared by Sarika Behal in one of our groups.
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