Looking after a poorly baby or child can be one of the most stressful things that we parents ever have to cope with. Thankfully, for the vast majority of us this entails nursing and loving our children through the simple coughs, colds, vomiting bugs and viruses that plague us over the winter months.
However, these times can be enormously stressful and issues over feeding children when they are ill are often high on the list of parents questions. One of the most important things that I need to stress is that if you are ever concerned about the health of your baby or child it is vital that you obtain medical help.
Meanwhile, I hope that some of the above suggestions are helpful and that you all continue to enjoy cooking and eating over the winter months.
- If you are concerned about the health of your baby or child seek medical help early.
- Keep fluid intake up. Remember smoothies and ice- lollies to tempt the reluctant drinker.
- Keeping temperatures down will make babies and children more likely to eat and drink.
- Try not to worry too much if your baby or child eats very little solid food for a few days.
- Offer simple, balanced nutritious meals at normal mealtimes.
- Offer small healthy snacks.
- Use fresh ingredients packed full of essential vitamins.
- Investigate immunisations. Know the facts before choosing not to have your child immunised.
Any advice is intended for a UK audience, is intended for general information only and should not be regarded for a substitute for contacting your own medical practitioner.
This is a free article and is not intended for specific advice. Each child is different and if you are at all worried about your child you should consult your General Practitioner or Health Visitor.