Foods to be given after bout of fever
Fitterfly - Team Nutrition
- Posted On December 12, 2017
Fever is a symptom of an underlying disease or infection. During fever the child may experience loss of taste, loose motions,vomiting. This decreases the appetite and the child may refuse to eat which leads to weight loss and further lowering of immunity levels. After the fever subsides i.e. during the recovery stage it is vital that the child receives the right nutrition to speed up the recovery. If the child doesn’t receive appropriate nutrients there are chances that the infection may relapse and the growth and development of the child may get affected.
The following guidelines may help you to take care of your child’s recovery.
- Increasing the Calories and serving size of the meals.
During the recovery phase, it is often seen that the child feels hungrier and so it is important to increase the meal serving size. Some children may still opt for eating the same portion size so in order to increase their intake we can make the foods nutrient dense and gradually increase the portion size E.g: During recovery if he/she still insists on eating one roti then the roti size can be increased instead of giving the child 2 rotis. Rotis can be made out of multigrain flour instead of just wheat flour and either curd, or buttermilk can be used to knead the roti dough. Sometimes, parantha can be given instead of a plain roti. You can also make use of large utensils (plates, bowls) so that the size of the food may give an illusion of small portion size. Use Ghee or coconut oil to increase the calorie content of food. However, deep fried and oily foods should be avoided as they are difficult to digest.
- Small Frequent meals.
It is very important to give the child small frequent meals. Doing this ensures that the child will be able to meet with at least 80-90% of his/her nutritional requirement. The child should be fed every 2-3 hours
- Increased Hydration.
Fever leads to loss of water from the body which causes weakness, loss of weight and dehydration. It is therefore important to hydrate the child during and after a bout of fever. The child should be encouragd to have sips of water within short periods of time. Occasionally the child can be give home-made fresh fruit juices since during fever there are taste alterations which may lead to the child not liking the taste of plain water. Flavouring with lemon water can change the taste buds too. A warm vegetable soup gives a soothing feeling and refreshes the palate to a great extent. Buttermilk or lassi can also help hydrate the child and provide some amount of protein.
- Good quality proteins.
Proteins help improve immunity and enable proper growth and development. Protein rich foods like sprouted pulses, dals, soyabean, nuts, egg, milk and milk products, meat and fish can be included in the diet. Amongst non-vegetarian options always start with egg as infection from meat and meat products are common and should be given during the later stages of recovery. Care should also be taken not to give junk foods to the child as the child is still recovering. With right nutrition and medication, the child will be able to recover quickly.
Fitterfly is a wellness company run by doctors, nutritionists and wellness experts with an aim to empower people with knowledge and tools for good health. We use personalized technology for everyday wellness. Our qualified Coaches at Fitterfly provide detailed customized guidance according to your age, health condition, and personal preferences. To know more, download and use ‘Fitterfly Wellness’ app from play store or app store or write to us at email@example.com or just call us at +917045065225