The kids get sick and then what? Lots of laundry, cleaning, disinfecting, snuggling, and oh yeah, what can we feed them? Every Mom goes through it and at some point, every Mom will ask it. Maybe you already know this, but for all you out there that don’t, I thought I would share some awesome advice I got when my kiddos were little. It is as simple as remembering B.R.A.T.
Don’t worry, I’m not calling your kids names at all. When I first heard this, that was what I thought until it was explained to me.
B – Bananas
R – Rice
A – Applesauce
T – Toast
If you stick to feeding your kids things from these 4 categories then they are more likely to keep their food down. Which all us Moms want for sure! Over the years I have expanded these categories a bit so let me explain.
B – Bananas or simple fruit that is not acidic. Oranges are definitely out!
R – Rice or any other simple grain.
A – Applesauce goes with the simple fruit. Sometimes when kids are sick chewing can make them feel more queasy, but applesauce is simple to eat without any chewing. Baby food pears are great too.
T – Toast or crackers plain. Yes, the bread does need to be toasted. The less moisture the better. It helps to absorb the acid in their stomachs.
Now after all this, I have one more tip for you. Ginger ale, but not just straight from the bottle.
- Take the ginger ale and dump it into a pot.
- Warm up just to a boil to remove the carbonation.
- Let it sit to cool a bit
- Serve like hot tea to the kids.
Ginger is helpful to calm the stomach, but the carbonation in the soda defeats the calming effect of the ginger. By removing the carbonation, the ginger is able to help calm the kids stomachs. The added sugar in the soda helps to give them some needed calories they might not be able to keep down otherwise. Plus, telling the kids they get to have soda is always helpful to cheer them up.
Hopefully you will not need these tips anytime soon, but there they are, just encase. Is there anything else you give to your kids when they are sick to help them feel better?