E.D. asks from Brooklyn, NY on April 22, 2010
Getting My Two Yr Old Son to Eat with a Fever?
My son who is two yrs old will not eat anythnig. He has a viral infection and his fever is on and off the childrens motrin is working but as far as him eating he doesnt want anythnig. What can i give him ?
So What Happened?™
Thank you i gave him the yogurt and he is eatting it. Thanks so much. I just got a little worried being that my son eats any and everything you offer him! But i know its nothing to be worried about! He is drinking alot of fluids so the hydrated area is ok. Again thanks alot for all those who gave me suggestions.
J.D. answers from New York on April 23, 2010
just give him liquids -he'll eat when he's feeling better. Applesauce was/is a favorite of my son when he's sick but other than that he really can't be bothered. My pedia said thats fine - think about how you are when you are sick, do you eat a lot? Toast is good too. Liquids are key!
A.G. answers from New York on April 23, 2010
As long as he is drinking don't panic about not eating. We go through ALOT of ice pops when my 3 yo is sick. I also throw out the rule you eat what I make. Whatever they want is what they get. I figure some calories is better than no calories. Also it is usually just a day or two that they don't want to eat so feed then junk food if they want! My mom always gave us whatever we wanted when sick (and at 2 yo he is still too young to fake it!!!). Just keep him drinking. Ginger ale with the bubbles stired out is a stapple around here too. Also water of if he eats fruit like watermelon, cantelope and honey do. Hope he feels better soon. A.
B.C. answers from Norfolk on April 22, 2010
A person can go for awhile without eating. If he doesn't feel like it don't force him. Keeping up his fluids are a must. What ever he usually likes to drink should be fine. Warm chicken broth is very comforting. Maybe yogurt, pudding or jello would help, too.
A.O. answers from San Francisco on April 22, 2010
Chicken broth and crackers. The best for the ickies.
G.R. answers from Dallas on April 22, 2010
give him soups ,toast bread.applesauce,yogurts sometimes they don't don't want to eat but give him alot of fluids he will be fine
A.D. answers from New York on April 24, 2010
Dear E., While your son is sick he only needs to drink to avoid dehydration. When he starts feeling better his appetite will return. You can still offer food but if he refuses it is OK. There are liquids in the drugstore that will provide nutrients. Hope he is better soon:-) Grandma Mary
J.L. answers from Minneapolis on April 22, 2010
Soup works for us. They get those all to important liquids, it's easy on the tummy, and you can get all the basic nutritional needs met if you give him a soup with veggies or meats in them.
If you have a Trader Joe's in your area, their Beef Barley is particularly nice because the veggie/meat pieces are really, really tiny, but plentiful. The Chicken noodle is nice if you're kid is a pasta eater, but the chunks are bigger so you might need to cut them with a kitchen shears if he doesn't like big chunks or textures.
K.N. answers from Austin on April 22, 2010
Juice based pop-sickles will also help keep him interested in food... plus, they might help cool him off from inside his tummy.
C.O. answers from New York on April 23, 2010
It's definitely hard when kids have a fever to get them to eat! I feel for you. I wouldn't push him too much, but a few things I have found that work, Chicken broth. I will make a couple cups and put it in a sippy cup so my son can drink that instead of juice. It gives a little protein and hydration. Toast, see if you can put something on it. My son likes nutella and he feels like he is getting something really special, and I have checked out the label, it has sugar but other than that is no worse than peanut butter. A little goes a long way.
My son loves pasta and I think would eat it regardless of how he feels. Maybe try to stick to his favorites!