It’s a common sense to give a sick child extra food so his or her body could fight infections and also to avoid rapid weight loss. A recovering child needs more food so he or she could regain his or her strength and normal weight. Take note that, for a sick child, active feeding is of the utmost importance.
A sick child must be continuously fed because he or she needs to overcome the disease and to avoid rapid weight loss as well. When a child is on the recovery stage, the more that he or she needs extra food to regain his strength and normal weight.
The following are simple pointers on what parents should be doing to their sick and recovering child:
- If the child is breastfed before he or she was sick, continue breastfeeding him or her. He or she needs more food to gain strength and fight infections.
- Try giving your child frequent feedings of soft diet, which could be easily digested in small amounts. A child who is sick has a poor appetite. Hence, parents need to patiently and gently encourage the child to eat. This would as well reduce emotional stress on the sick or recovering child.
- Give foods that are rich in vitamin A and C like dark green leafy and yellow vegetables and fruits. Vitamin A would reduce the severity of the disease and help prevent child mortality.
- Give more fluids like orange juice, water, electrolytes, etcetera, if the child or baby is more than six months old. This would prevent the sick or recovering child from getting dehydrated which is fatal.
- Give extra meals, breast feeds or additional food to a recovering child. Make sure that the foods you are giving are highly nutritious and easily digested. Avoid giving foods that are considered “empty calories” such as junk foods, fries, and etcetera.
- Encourage the child patiently to eat. Try making mealtimes fun. Be creative. Try making foods become tastier and more colorful.