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Can anyone give me some advice on getting your toddler to eat when they have the flu?

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mrswalker5150

Asked by mrswalker5150 at 9:11 PM on Jan. 18, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Try to give them things that would help a sore throat. Cold ice cream, warm milk. anything that will be easy to eat. Good luck.
    mrs.coop

    Answer by mrs.coop at 9:14 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • Food isn't as important as liquids. A child can go days without eating but only a few hours without liquids before the body will start to shut down. I'd focus more on getting the child to continue drinking and push the foods when they're feeling better.
    ba13ygrl1987

    Answer by ba13ygrl1987 at 9:16 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • They don't really need to eat, but they definitely need to have fluids.
    MomMom23

    Answer by MomMom23 at 9:17 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • lots of pedialight for hydration and some chicken noodle soup, jello, crackers, ice pops. When your sick food doesnt seem appetizing, and the same goes for your little one. If he/she doesnt want to eat dont push them, they will let you know when their hungry. Just make sure your little one is hydrated and he/or she will get better over time and get his/her appetite back
    Bobbysgurl

    Answer by Bobbysgurl at 9:20 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • pedialyte, ginger ale or flat ginger ale over ice, broth, jello, - no dairy unless the child wants it.
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 9:22 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • honey and lemon is soothing
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 9:23 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • If thier tummy is upset u can try the B.R.A.T. diet Banana rice apple sauce and toast (litely butter if any) . My kids and everyone enjoys chicken noodle homemade or can it makes u feel good, keep lots or liquids, doc said to give gatorade
    Cherriemama831

    Answer by Cherriemama831 at 9:24 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • i agree with all of the above...with the exception of giving a child milk when having the flu. it might make them vomit. push fluids. water juice, pedialite. if they will drink it. my kids hated it so i gave them gatoraid. jello,pop cycles. anything to keep them hydrated. i know i just got over the flu myself and i didn't want to eat anything for like two days and im pregnant. just keep baby hydrated and they will eat when ready. but do continue to offer things like crackers and soups. things that will be easy on the tummy. keep offering and they will eat when they feel up to it.
    sweetestkitten

    Answer by sweetestkitten at 9:27 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • Definitely keep the fluids going - don't let that slip. But, I also understand wanting to get some food in his little tummy - it's hard to feel good when you haven't eaten in a few days. Try cold applesauce and yogurt or yogurt pops. You can add pureed fruit to the yogurt, too. When my son had the flu we went back to babyfood because it's just easier on a sore throat (and it has lots of water). Don't push the food, just offer. You can also give him Pediasure or milk with carnation instant breakfast. Hope the baby feels better soon!!
    Sebbiemama

    Answer by Sebbiemama at 9:33 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

  • i would stay away from milk, give child soft foods jell-o,apple sauce even popsickles cup soup ,crackers
    dutchcanadain

    Answer by dutchcanadain at 9:43 PM on Jan. 18, 2011

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