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What Can Nannies Feed Children When They Are Ill?

What Can Nannies Feed Children When They Are Ill?

Every nannies has experienced seeing charges coming down with a cold, or bouts of coughing. During these moments, young children may lose their appetite and eat far less than usual. Some even refuse to eat anything at all. 

A child’s body needs more nutrition when it is sick, as it requires more energy to fight the infection. Therefore, it is essential to give your little one the right food to help boost their immune system.

Read on to find our list of foods to give and avoid when your children are sick!


What can sick babies eat? 


Newborns and babies below six months of age only need breastmilk as their source of nutrition. Breast milk has antibody properties that can aid the baby’s body to fight the illness. Babies who are suffering from a runny or clogged nose may be fed in an upright position. 


Apple Sauce

This dish is often called stewed apples. It is easy-to-digest and rich in antioxidants that help fight off cold. It also comes in handy as it replenishes the body’s fluid supply. 


Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup is well-known for its ability to keep infection away. Nannies who are taking care of children aged one and above can give warm mushroom soup. It is great comfort food to help toddlers with colds or coughs relax.  


Garlic Lentil Soup

Garlic carries antiviral properties that can help boost the immune system and defeat the illness. The antiviral properties can also fend off infections and speed up the child’s healing process.


Citrus Fruits

Drinking the juice of citrus fruits such as orange and lemon can help prevent cell damage and ease congestion. It can also thin out the mucus, which would allow the child to breathe more easily. If the juice is too tart, nannies can add a dash of honey to give it a little bit of sweetness. 


Turmeric Milk

Turmeric milk is a home remedy that acts as a natural antibiotic against cold and throat infection in babies aged one and above. To make it, add a little turmeric powder and a dash of pepper to a glass of warm milk. 


What should sick babies avoid eating?

Refined Sugar and Sweets

Too much sugar is never good for children and adults. Sugar and sweets coated in sugar should never be given to a sick child. 


Dried Fruits and Nuts

Children who are suffering from a cold or cough may find it hard to chew and swallow dried fruits and nuts. There is also the risk of pieces getting stuck in their throat while they are eating. 

One exception to this is by giving them their food in powdered form. Nannies can add ground dry fruits ad nuts to the child’s milk and porridge. 


Spicy and Oily Foods

Spicy or oily food can irritate the child’s throat and will only worsen his or her cough and cold. It is best to avoid giving your charge anything that is fried when they are sick. 

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