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what are some good foods to eat while sick...

my 17 month old has a cold (stuffy nose, sneezing, no fever, no cough) :(
He hasnt had much of an appetite but he is eating a little of his breakfast (he just woke up! he slept in big time). I attempted the old school "chicken soup" but he doesnt like it. Yesterday I offered some water slightly infused with peppermint tea w/ honey but he wasnt too fond of that. i got gatorade/pedialyte on my grocery list...anything else I can offer him food-wise which is good for colds? someone told me the lack of appetite could be due to his taste buds being temporarily out of service due to the stuffy nose....

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Asked by Owl_Feather at 11:33 AM on Sep. 29, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • B.R.A.T diet


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:35 AM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • If it's just stuffy nose and sneezing anything would be fine. I would limit his dairy intake, dairy makes the mucas thicker but anything else would be fine. Give him foods with plenty of vitamin C to help his immune system.

    Answer by collinsmommy_06 at 11:37 AM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • oh YES! we do have an orange! thanks! I'll offer a few slices

    Answer by Owl_Feather at 11:40 AM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • anything acidic (tomatoes, oranges, oj) may upset the tummy. But if it doens'nt upset the tummy, fresh fruit, veggies and oj is good (lots of vit. c, antioxidents). i agree with the brat diet and limiting dairy b/c of the mucus.

    Answer by citymama707 at 11:47 AM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • BRAT is the mnemonic acronym for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast, the staples of the diet.[1] Extensions to the BRAT diet include BRATT (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast, and Tea) and BRATTY (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast, Tea and Yogurt).

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:35 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • what kind of tea? I offered him some diluted peppermint herbal tea w/ a splash of honey yesterday, but he wasnt too fond of it (I tried it and I thought it was yummy lol). i have a compounded herbal tea for brochial and nasal aid, but it has some herbs in it I wouldnt think are safe for a toddler (such as valerian root)

    Answer by Owl_Feather at 1:10 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • my son loves jello when he is sick, also peaches, banans, soft foods, no dairy because tht increase phlem / flem?? (SP??) soup is good, maybe try the stuff without noodles, like soup at hand by cambells, the brat diet can be useful too

    Answer by AmaliaD at 1:50 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • When my kids are sick they like jello, oatmeal, raman soups, crackers, toast....

    Answer by MizLee at 2:16 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • No dairy
    Miso soup
    peppermint (a natural decongestant) tea

    Answer by rkoloms at 3:55 PM on Sep. 29, 2009

  • Fruit...melon is really good when sick.

    Answer by keyaziz at 5:54 PM on Oct. 2, 2009

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