The Best Foods for Sick Kids

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By Sarah Robbins for Sniffle Solutions

Slip banana slices into a peanut butter sandwich, mix dry milk powder in mashed potatoes or mac ’n’ cheese, and blend flaxseed into a fruit smoothie.

For a stuffy nose … feed them soup. “The hot, steaming broth loosens mucus, so your child can breathe easier,” says Amy Jamieson-Petonic, a registered dietician and the director of wellness coaching at Cleveland Clinic. For even more relief, serve up a bowl of chicken soup: Researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center found that this childhood staple may relieve cold symptoms by inhibiting inflammation-causing cells in the body. “Plus, chicken soup has carrots, celery and onions,” says Jamieson-Petonic. “These veggies provide vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system.”

For a fever … feed them calorie-rich fare. Forget starving a fever! “You’ll only deprive the body of the nutrients it needs to get well,” says Jamieson-Petonic. A feverish child uses more energy, she adds, so they need to consume additional calories. If your kid doesn’t feel like eating, try adding nutritional bulk to every bite he takes: Slip banana slices into a peanut butter sandwich, mix dry milk powder in mashed potatoes or mac ’n’ cheese, and blend flaxseed into a fruit smoothie.

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For a sore throat … feed them soft foods. Does it hurt to swallow? Scrambled eggs, oatmeal, soup and yogurt can coat a painful throat while providing nutrition. Another soother for children above the age of one: honey. According to a recent study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, this sweet substance can also lessen nighttime coughing and improve sleep. So if your child can’t stop hacking, swirl a spoonful into a mug of herbal tea or a glass of warm milk.

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The Best Foods for Sick Kids

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5 comments

  1. NaveenPatel says:

    Yes, it is essential to give healthy food for kids especially when they are ill. They need all the nutrients but you must know what kind of food to feed them. The most important thing is that food for kids should be nutritionally viable and hygienic.

  2. NaveenPatel says:

    Yes, it is essential to give healthy food for kids especially when they are ill. They need all the nutrients but you must know what kind of food to feed them. The most important thing is that food for kids should be nutritionally viable and hygienic.

  3. Ashleigh says:

    These were all taught to me by my mother 🙂

  4. MAMASEXXY says:

    NOTHING HIGH IN SUGAR OF COURSE.

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