Food Pantry Items to Have on Hand for Sick Season
- Chicken soup/ chicken broth. Good to prevent dehydration and for upset stomachs. Eat a big ol’ bowl of chicken soup, or cook rice or pasta in chicken broth for a light meal.
- Salt topped crackers. Good for stomach aches while eating a bland diet.
- Apple sauce. Eat it cold from the fridge to cool down a feverish child.
- Honey. Only for children over 12 months of age. Get a good local honey from your farmer’s market. Use it to soothe a sore throat. Use it to stir into decaffeinated tea. Use clean hands and rub a drop or 2 onto canker sores in the mouth (honey is a natural anti-bacterial).
- Chamomile or peppermint tea. Drink decaffeinated tea to help promote sleep.
- Gelatin boxes such as Jell-o. There are several uses for this one. Mix with pedialyte instead of water to add more electrolytes into a child who is vomiting or not wanting to eat or drink much. Eat the jello freshly made and still warm to soothe a sore throat. Mix dry flavored gelatin powder into your child’s medication if they don’t like the flavor of those icky antibiotics (don’t mix into the entire medicine bottle, mix instead into each individual measured dose).
- Ginger ale. To ease sick tummies.
- Popsicles. Especially Pedialyte popsicles. Because no matter how sick they are, they’ll likely still chow down on a popsicle. It’s a good way to trick them into staying hydrated.
Get to know Michelle Bailey, M.D.
I’m a board-certified pediatrician, passionate about ensuring the well-being of patients ranging from newborn through late teens.
I attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma (Boomer!), and completed my pediatric residency in Houston.
Since the completion of residency, I’ve worked in outpatient clinics and enjoy not only caring for my young patients, but becoming a part of every family by building long-lasting, trusting relationships. While I treat common and not-so-common childhood infections and diseases, I especially have a passion for asthma and allergies, nutrition, and ADHD along with other learning disorders.
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