18Mar

Nutrition of children with intestinal infections

Intestinal infections - a fairly common phenomenon, especially in the summer-autumn period. It is at this time that an abundance of fruits, berries, vegetables can provoke diarrhea, diarrhea, vomiting and other unpleasant feelings associated with a disorder or infection of the intestine. The basis for the treatment of any intestinal infection are rehydration and diet therapy.

Rehydration( restoration of the water-salt balance) of the body is especially necessary in the early days of the disorder and infections, as active dehydration of the body takes place, which can lead to more severe consequences. A diet therapy( proper nutrition) should be followed throughout the course of treatment, because of what the child will eat, the fast recovery of the body directly depends.

First of all, do not overload the baby with antibiotics, especially without consulting a doctor. After all, if the infection is caused by a virus, they can even hurt. As mentioned above, copious drinking is the basis of the fight against infection. Depending on the age of the child, it should be given every 10 minutes at least 1 tablespoon.

The same goes for nutrition: children who have diarrhea or vomiting need to be fed! It has already been proved that "hungry" pauses harm the child, because even in the most severe forms of intestinal infections the digestive tract almost completely retains its functions. The only thing, the sizes of portions can be reduced, but no more than on 20% from usual dose.

If the baby is an infant, exclude from the diet only lures, breast milk should be the basis of the entire diet for the period of infection. Of course, no new food during illness can not be introduced! Sometimes nutritionists and pediatricians advise giving soya to children, since in acute intestinal disorders the baby's stomach may not digest milk. However, you can do this only under the supervision of your doctor.

Older children are fed a soft and homogeneous food. It is recommended to limit the use of fat, to refuse dairy products, fresh baked goods and peaches, watermelons and any other fruits and vegetables that contain coarse fiber. Even after a full recovery, these foods should be included with caution in the diet for several weeks. It is best during this period to offer the child boiled, baked, steamed vegetables, fish and a small amount of meat.

Only after 3-4 days with good health, the child can be returned to the usual food and volume of servings. However, it should be remembered that from fresh vegetables and fruits, milk and various kinds of sweets and baked goods should be abandoned for at least 3-4 weeks.

If this information seemed to you not enough, you can visit the pediatrician's consultation page and ask him any of your questions.