Helping your child get through a sick day
Winter flu, summer cold, spring hayfever, or simply getting sick because of the change of seasons; these affect all of us. Children’s immune systems are still hardening up, so they are usually the first in the household to get sick. It makes you, as a parent, want to do everything in your power to make them feel better. And we’re here to help, listing some of the essentials below.
It’s not just nana’s secret weapon; chicken soup is chock-full of vitamins, minerals, and protein. Add some noodles for a hit of carbs to keep the little one satisfied for a couple of hours.
Chicken Soup by Taste
Water and electrolytes are essential when the flu gets a hold of you. Plenty of water is key, and sports drinks/electrolyte mixes will provide the extra sugars the body needs when it’s fighting a cold. Vomiting, diarrhea, and intense sweating are all causes of dehydration so keep a glass handy.
Plain food and lots of vitamins
When your children are sick, they’ll turn their noses up at spicy, oily, and other types of cooked food. It worsens the nausea. But the foods below are relatively bland and are gently one the stomach;
- Toast/plain bread with butter and Vegemite
- Boiled potatoes
- Apple sauce
Fruits and juice are encouraged, particularly citrus and berries because of their high vitamin content. Honey soothes sore throats thanks to its antibacterial properties.
Use a humidifier
Steamy showers and a cool humidifier will help with blockages that plague the little ones. A good dose of Vicks will ease their breathing as well.
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