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What to feed a sick 17 month old

she is hydrated but hasn't been eating, we both have an awful cough, fever and congestion. personally i can't keep anything down, i have been giving her pediasure when she will drink it, she won't eat anything including ice cream.

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Asked by staciandababy at 1:18 PM on Apr. 21, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • try the bratty diet: bananas, rice, applesauce, tea, toast & yogurt. and continue with pedialyte (either the drink or pops) and things like popsicles, jello, etc for liquids. clear liquids are always best too when congested/sick. you can follow the same diet too (bratty diet) feel better!

    Answer by tnm786 at 1:21 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • oh and of course: warm chicken soup!

    Answer by tnm786 at 1:21 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • no milk products! It causes mucus to build up! Just make sure she stays hydrated! She will eat when she feels better!

    Answer by DLCarter2011 at 1:23 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Pediasure is good . . that will at least giver her some protein.

    And, pedialyte for keeping up her hydtration.

    If you can get her to eat some toast or crackers, it might help her feel better, too.

    Has the doctor checked her throat?

    Answer by ImaginationMama at 1:27 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • liquids are good. Pediatle liquids or even in popslices, popslices, soup, 7up, gatorade, jello, She will eat when she is ready but can try crackers, gingersnap cookies, toast, my girls when sick would like cereal without milk, graham crackers.

    Answer by momindiana at 1:30 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • As long as she's staying hydrated, don't worry about foods. I'd stay away from the pediasure though, it's quite creamy and will make her mucus production, and therefore her coughing, worse. Stay away from dairy - milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, pudding.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:43 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • ty, did not know about the milk

    Comment by staciandababy (original poster) at 1:45 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Check with your pediatrician about the milk/mucus connection. I've heard a lot of moms say that here on CM, but our pediatrician (who I absolutely like and trust) and a nurse at the ER at the children's hospital encouraged me to offer Pediasure. They said key is to get liquids and some calories and nutrients into her until she feels well enough to eat, and Pediasure is a great way to do that. Thin fruit smoothies might also be good. As long as she's drinking, try not to worry about the fact that she's not eating... once her appetite returns, she'll make up for whatever she missed.

    Answer by Sebbiemama at 4:02 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • she's had two pedialyte popsicles today and ONE french fry, all of which she promptly vomited up

    Comment by staciandababy (original poster) at 9:08 PM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • Poor hun!! When vomiting is an issue, the goal is just to avoid dehydration. Our ped suggested offering one tablespoon or one sip of liquid (water or pedialyte, no juice or milk yet) every 10-15 minutes. No food or milk until 24 hours after the last time she puked. Hopefully this would be enough to get some liquid in her but not so much that her body would just puke it up. If she's able to handle the sips in the morning, then just move to more liquids (but still just don't offer a cup, maybe give her a few sips every 15 minutes).

    Talk to your ped to see if they suggest different, but this is something to try in the meanwhile.

    Tummy bugs are AWFUL!!! Hope she feels better soon.

    Answer by Sebbiemama at 12:48 PM on Apr. 22, 2011

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