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Foods for toddler recovering from some serious sickness

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Hi all you wise mamas,

My 16 month old son was just hospitalized for three nights while a nasty stomach flu stormed through his little body. He lost a little weight but has always been in the 5th percentile or so so I am always thinking of how to get a little more meat on his bones.

I am envisioning a two stage approach. 1. Help get his stomach repaired and healed. 2. fatten him up. okay and 3. I want to give him foods that strengthen the immune system.

I would love to hear your experiences and ideas!
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my son,who is now 8 yrs old, had the dreaded rota virus and was so sick around that same age. he was hospitalized for 1 night just to get dehydration under control. basically breastmilk, breastmilk, and more... breastmilk! if you arent breastfeeding anymore, homemade chicken soup without noodles, mostly thick, gelatinous broth if possible. maybe a chewable acidophilus/bifidus supplement. plain yogurt if he tollerates dairy. best of luck!
Thanks! All great ideas. He is breastfeeding almost constantly. It is like he is a newborn. I got some nice chicken to make some broth. He loves chicken rice soup but will also just drink broth. He loves whole milk yogurt.
when my son was in the hospital for the rota puking/pooping virus a doctor actually told me that breastmilk would make him throw up more because he said it would "curdle'. i could not believe thier ignorance on breastfeeding. breastmilk is the best food for a sick child.
When Annabelle @ 18 mos developed FTR from a stomach virus that damaged her gut, we ended up having to do a gluten, dairy, soy, egg and corn free diet for quite some time. She lost 5 pounds over the course of a few weeks and she wasn't big to begin with.

I cannot for the life of me now remember what she actually ate, but I'm certain it involved rice and potatoes doused liberally in EVOO, and gluten free broth and rice noodles. Eventually we moved up to hummus, salmon and sardines IIRC. Nowadays, they have coconut milk yogurt, that would've been great. She nursed a lot.

For gut repair I also suggest a chewable probiotic.

For introducing food, I think a homemade chicken soup will grow back a severed head. Just use a good quality chicken and use either the whole chicken or something with BONES not just breasts. Then add carrots, celery, zuccini, spinach, onion, thyme, salt, pepper, and try maybe barley or farro.

Also try a beef soup made with big heavy duty bones. The marrow is not only fatty but very nutricious and makes a great broth.

Kefir or whole milk yogurt are also good options.

Popovers are a nice treat...Just eggs, milks, and oatflour, and butter. Simple and not unhealthy.

And yes, breastmilk.
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Originally Posted by BarnMomma View Post
For gut repair I also suggest a chewable probiotic.

For introducing food, I think a homemade chicken soup will grow back a severed head. ..
And yes, breastmilk.
lol, that is the best quote ever! sally fallon has a quote that says something like "good broth will raise the dead".
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