Well, alas, our g-free kids might still catch some viruses before springtime rolls around…
Just in case, here are some tips collected from parents like us on what we can do to help a sick kid feel better, even when
he or she is on a gluten-free diet.
I recently posted the question “What do you do for your g-free kid when they are sick?” on Facebook and here are the top responses. These tips apply to kids with stomach bugs, as well as kids whose appetites just aren’t up to par due to other mild wintertime illnesses.
Tips from fellow parents:
- If still in vomiting stage, just give them tiny ice chips & sips of water
- Ginger Ale (flat, so there aren’t any bubbles) helps settle the stomach
- Homemade chicken broth (some say just the broth)
- Steamed, plain rice
- Chicken soup with rice or just broth with rice
- Rice cooked in chicken stock with ground chicken
- Bone broth
- Chicken pho with rice noodles
- Homemade chicken noodle soup: GF broth, GF spaghetti noodles (cut up) and shredded chicken, maybe w/ some soft cooked veggies, too
- The BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, GF toast)
- GF Rice Krispies (dry)
- Plain, dry cereal or toast
- Glutino and Schar both have plain table crackers that are similar to soda crackers
- One mom swears by this: apple cinnamon rice cakes & Mountain Dew
- Gluten-free pretzels or plain tortilla chips to nibble on
- GF canned soups by: Amy’s, Gluten Free Cafe, Progresso, Dr. McDougall’s
- ice pops
- Pedialyte liters and Pedialyte freezer pops
- Set your child up with a hot water bottle on his or her tummy
- Tummy rubs and head rubs
- TLC (tender loving care — a g-free kid is still a regular kid who needs love, after all) 🙂
*Please note: This is not professional medical advice. These tips are from parents just like us who have shared their personal advice for how to help sick g-free kids feel better…. Please seek real medical advice from your own family’s doctor for anything out of the ordinary.
If anyone wants to add other tips or advice to this list, please comment below. Thanks!