Increase Appetite: Baby Food for a Sick Child

If the child is sick, you should try to increase appetite and strengthen its health as much as possible to combat the sickness. If the child experiences constipation during weaning, prepare more watery and softer food. This is the basic rule. So what type of weaning food with healing properties should you give your child when it's sick to increase appetite? Let's explore some recipes.

Baby Food Beneficial to Coughs

1. Give the child water to wet its throat

If the child has a dry throat and a severe cough, you should take note and give it water carefully. Feed boiled water which has been cooked or barley tea with a spoon slowly and frequently. Rock sugar can stabilize coughs and cause phlegm to become thinner and easier to expel. So it's good if you put a little rock sugar in the liquids for the child.

2. Give food which is not too stimulating

If the child is coughing, its throat may have inflammation and ulceration. So baby food during this period should be milder than usual and shouldn't irritate the child's throat. Remember to give it lots of water-bearing food. The food should be heated up before feeding.

Baby Food Beneficial to Diarrhea

1. Food which could relieve diarrhea

Apple and carrots contain lots of pectin which can relieve diarrhea. If the apples and carrots are cut and cooked or are heated, their effectivity will be greater.

2. Don't eat porridge and drink rice milk for too long

If the child experiences diarrhea, it's better to let it eat early stage baby food. However, if it has been eating porridge and drinking rice milk for an extended period of time, its intestinal mucosa (lining of the gastrointestinal tract) will become even weaker and the child will need a longer time to recover completely. Give it food which are easily digestible and their nutrients absorbed.

Menu for a Sick Child during Early Stage Feeding

To increase appetite of a sick child during early stage, here are some recipes that you can follow:

Stewed Pear

Ingredients: 1/8 pear and 1 small spoonful lemon juice

Cooking method:

1. Remove skin of the pear and cut pear into thin slices.

2. Put 100c.c. of water into pot and add pear slices and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, switch to low heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

3. Cook till the pear is very soft. Drain and set aside to cool.

Plum Porridge

Ingredients: 30g rice and 2 big spoonfuls plum juice

Cooking method:

1. Wash rice and put in juicer to grind. Pour rice into pot, add 300c.c. of water and bring to boil on high heat.

2. Add plum juice, stir thoroughly and bring to boil again.

Menu for a Sick Child during Mid and Late Stage Feeding

Fish and Artichoke Porridge

Ingredients: 30g whitefish meat, 20g artichoke and 20g foaming rice

Cooking method:

1. Put rice into juicer and grind.

2. Cut up artichoke. Cook fish in boiling water and mash meat. Drain fish stock and put aside for use.

3. Pour rice and fish stick into pot; bring to a boil before adding artichoke and fish pieces.

4. Braise on low heat until they become very soft.

Sweet Potato Mash

Ingredients: 1/4 sweet potato, 1/2 big spoonful sugar and 100c.c. water

Cooking method:

1. Remove skin of sweet potato, wash and diced.

2. Pour 100c.c. water into pot, add sweet potato, bring to a boil on high heat and cook until very soft.

3. Mash softened sweet potato, add sugar and mix well.

Baby Food for Relieving Constipation

1. Fiber-rich food

Fiber can increase the amount of stools which helps promote the wiggling of the intestines. Compared to food with coarser fiber such as vegetables or types of seaweed like kelp, you should use more sweet potatoes, apples and tangerines.

2. Drink more yogurt beverages

Lactobacillus can improve the condition of the bacteria in intestines and can effectively promote defecation. Children love yogurt beverages. You may let your child drink them directly or mix them into weaning food.

3. Must have regular mealtimes

Especially during late stages, three meals of baby food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) can be coordinated with adult’s meal times. It's better to have regular meal times. When meal times are regular, the child's psychological clock will naturally be adjusted. Its appetite will increase and so will the wiggling activity of intestines.

Baby Food to Boost Poor Appetite during a Fever

1. Food should be soft and watery

It's best not to force the child to eat anything. If the child is running a very high fever and has symptoms of dehydration, you should let it rest adequately and replenish water frequently. Add vegetable or fruit mash to grains and often replenish its water. If the child's condition improves and the child can eat baby food, then give them normal food, but make it softer.

2. Give the child sufficient vitamins and minerals

During a fever, vitamin C is most depleted. The feverish child will also lose calcium and sodium (salt) due to profuse sweating. Therefore, use mineral-rich fruits and vegetables to make fruit juices or vegetable soups for the child.

Menu for a Sick Child during Early Stage

Spinach Porridge

Ingredients: 10g foaming rice, 5g spinach and 100c.c. water

Cooking method:

1. Pulverize foaming rice and set aside.

2. Cut spinach into small sections, blanch in boiling water for 10 seconds, and then immerse in cold water for 30 minutes. Cut finely and set aside.

3. Pour 100c.c. water into pot and boil. Cook rice until very soft.

4. Add spinach, cook for 1 minute and drain away substances.

Apple Porridge

Ingredients: 1/4 Apple and 30g rice milk

Cooking method:

1. Remove skin of apple and cut into cubes. Boil 150c.c. water in pot and braise apple.

2. Cook apple until translucent. Remove from pot, put into juicer and grind to a pulp. Put pulp into pot, add 100c.c. water and bring to a boil on low heat.

3. Pour rice milk into pot, mix well and bring to a boil.

Menu for a Sick Child during Mid and Late Stages

Kelp Soup

Ingredients: 50g kelp, 3 prawns, 200c.c. stock and a little sesame oil and soya sauce

Cooking method:

1. Soak kelp for 30 minutes and cut into 2cm strips.

2. Remove shells and intestines from prawns and chop finely.

3. Pour sesame oil into pan, stir-fry prawns and kelp. When there's fragrance, add stock and bring to a boil. Let stock be completely absorbed by kelp and prawns, then drizzle soya sauce over them.

Soya Bean Milk Pudding

Ingredients: 100c.c. sugarless soya bean milk, 1 egg, 2 small spoonfuls sugar and a little salt

Cooking method:

1. Add egg and salt to sugarless soya bean milk. Stir well and drain.

2. Put one part water and one part sugar into pot. Bring to a boil on low heat to caramelize sugar. Pour caramel into pudding-shaped container to set. Then pour #1 into container.

3. Put container in steamer and steam for 15 minutes.

Baby Food good for Stomalgia (Pain in the Mouth)

1. Be aware of dehydration

Hydrate the child sufficiently. As it's easy for the child to swallow, give it food which is not sour or stimulating. It's very good to give a child with stomalgia some eggs, milk, tofu, sweet potatoes and bananas.

2. Give mild food which are not stimulating

The child should eat food which are full of water and mild tasting. Generally, cold food can alleviate pain in the mouth. If the child's condition is very severe, let it drink chilled fruit juices or soups.

3. Start with low-end baby food and work towards high end

After the child recovers from stomalgia, it should eat milder, slightly thicker and fluid food. After that, it can eat food which requires a little chewing and slightly coarser food. From there, you may work slowly towards giving it higher-end baby food.

Menu for a Child with Stomalgia during Early Stages

Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients: 50g pumpkin, 1/4 onion, 200c.c. water, 100c.c. milk and a little butter

Cooking method:

1. Remove skin of pumpkin and cut pumpkin into bite-sized cubes. Cut onion and set aside.

2. Put butter in pan and stir-fry pumpkin and onion. Add water and bring to a boil.

3. Drain soup and set aside.

4. Pour soup into pot, add milk and bring to boil.

Mash Banana Soup

Ingredients: 1/3 banana, 100c.c. milk, half an egg yolk and 1 big spoonful sugar

Cooking method:

1. Remove banana skin and mash.

2. Put mashed banana, milk and sugar into pot and bring to a boil on low heat.

3. After mixing thoroughly, add egg yolk and bring to a boil again.

Baby Food Beneficial to Vomiting

1. Use a spoon to slowly feed and replenish water

A child's stomach is different from that of the adult's. Instead of resembling a fist, the child's stomach is fine and straight and the connection to the entrance of the esophagus is very soft and loose. Even if the child doesn't feel any pain, it'll also vomit easily. When the child vomits, note that the condition doesn't become vomiting upon eating or repeated vomiting. These conditions not only deplete the child's energy, it may also be easily dehydrated as the water in the body is lost through vomiting. If severe vomiting happens, stop all breast feeding and weaning food. The best way to replenish water is through feeding the child soup. Replace water with vegetable soup. The vegetable soup should be drained of any solid and only feed soup to the child. This way, sodium, calcium and other minerals lost through vomiting will be replenished.

2. Give non-stimulating food when digestion improves

When preparing weaning food during this period, the food should be milder than usual, have more liquid and should be heated before consumption. As the child recovers and its appetite improves, you shouldn't be giving it too much food at one go. If food intake suddenly increases, there would be indigestion.

Menu for a Child who vomits during Early Stages

Apple and Soft Tofu Soup

Ingredients: 20g apple and 20g soft tofu

Cooking method:

1. Remove apple skin and dice.

2. Mash apple and soft tofu in pot and slightly cook.

Menu for a Child who vomits during Mid and Late Stages

Vegetable Soup

Ingredients: 40g beef, 1/8 onion, 20g potato, 1/2 tomato, 1/2 cabbage leaf, 20g carrot, 1 small spoonful tomato sauce, 2 cups meat stock, a little butter and flour

Cooking method:

1. Finely cut beef and mix with a little flour.

2. Finely cut all vegetables. Remove tomato skin and finely cut.

3. Melt butter in pan, add beef and stir-fry. Then add tomato sauce and tomatoes. Stir-fry until soft and gooey.

4. Add meat stock, switch to high heat and bring to a boil. Add carrot, potato, onion and cabbage in this order. Bring to a boil.

Those are the details and some recipes that you can use to increase appetite of kids who are feeling sick.

Sandra Henderson

Editor-in-chief at Babiology and a proud mother of four passionate about sharing pregnancy and baby growth knowledges

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