When we get sick, often the first thing that happens is that we lose our appetite. Kids are no different, yet it is important to encourage your child to eat and drink when they are sick, as this can help speed up their recovery.
If your child has:
- Gastro – fluids are particularly important than solids to prevent dehydration. Try clear soups, electrolyte solutions (available from pharmacies) or a liquid supplement like SUSTAGEN KID ESSENTIALS (made as per instructions with water, not milk). Avoid juice and soft drinks as this can sometimes worsen the symptoms. Speak to your healthcare professional to determine if you should avoid milk, as sometimes the lactose in milk could worsen symptoms during the gastro period.
- Constipation – choose high fibre foods such as fresh apples, oranges and carrots to help stimulate bowel function. Make sure they drink plenty of water along with the high fibre foods as an increase in fibre but not fluid can make symptoms worse.
- Fever / flu – a normal diet is fine, although many kids eat very little when they have the flu. Make every mouthful count by adding high-calorie ingredients to the food they are eating (e.g. oil, full cream milk, butter). Try a liquid supplement like SUSTAGEN KID ESSENTIALS to provide all the essential nutrients, even when they are not eating regular meals. You can also add SUSTAGEN KID ESSENTIALS to their foods (e.g. soup, yogurt, custard and cereal) to provide extra nutrition.