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3 years old on medication for malaria and typhoid. What diet should be taken?

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Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth

Pediatrician, Neonatology

Practicing since :1970

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Posted on Tue, 11 Dec 2012 in Child Health
Question: hello
my son who is 3 years and 1 month old and he he got very high fever on 28th of Oct.-2012 and later on 31's Oct.-2012 he is diagnosed with Malaria + Typhoid both and he was hospitalized for 8-9 days now he is at home along with oral medications , so my questions are ::
1) what diet should i follow for him (which will help him to recover fast??) :: as of now i follow to give him -->> moong dal/arahar dal , khichdi(including seasonal vegetables) , whole wheat flour fulkas with vegetable OR rice with dal && milk AND in day time XXXXXXX (peeled ) ===>> so is this diet ok?? or should i include anything else?? and as above i am giving raw XXXXXXX to him , should i continue with that?? and what else fruits can i include in his diet??
2) and he goes to a play school as he discharged from hospital last thursday(8th November - 2012) , so when he should start going to school ?? as he would be feeling very low(weakness ) inside but may not able to express .
Answered by Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth 43 minutes later

Welcome to XXXXXXX
Regarding the first question: the diet should be bland,non spicy,not much of fat like oil and butter.
In typhoid there are some intestinal ulcerations which take some time to heal and hence the diet should be carefully planned.
Boiled XXXXXXX is OK. You can also give some XXXXXXX juice.
Rest of the diet you mentioned is good.
Go slow with the food for another 10 days and then gradually increase .
When you go to restaurants in future also do not give her cold drinks or uncooked food like raitha,salads,etc
Be very careful with the water.Always use nicely boiled and cooled water (even the so called mineral water should be boiled!

Regarding your second question,keep her at home for at least 2 weeks after stopping antibiotics.

Take care
God bless
Dr Uma
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth 26 hours later
Hello Doctor
Thanks for your valuable points and answers to my questions , still i have few questions which i want to ask ::

1) as above also i asked , which fruits apart from XXXXXXX i can give to him ?? like banana , pomegranate , orange OR ANY OTHER Seasonal FRUITS PLEASE mention the name , AND in which form like boiled OR raw??

2) and apart from the above mentioned diet can i give him the diet which we eat as he comes and ask to eat with us when we use to have our lunch/dinner (though we also use very less oil and spices)

3) which vegetables are suitable for him and which are not ?? please mention .....

4) sometimes he demands for chocolates , chips etc. which we are not giving to him , but can we give sometimes?? and where he was admit there Dr. said little bit of biscuits we can give like threptin,Parle G .

sometimes he demands chole (chickpea) , idli etc.can i give him very much boiled chickpea (almost soft ) with salt & turmeric ??

and home-made rice-idli/rava-idli is ok??

5) and my last but not least question :: can you give me your contact number?? which i promise that i won't disturb you , will call only when its urgent ??

Hope to see the answers of all my questions soon!!
Thanks in advance
Answered by Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth 2 hours later

I will answer your questions one by one!

1-reg fruits you can give banana,small amount of pomegranate and orange either raw or juice.No papaya.!

2 other diet which you eat --no non veg ,no eggs .Dhal,vegetables without spice and oil OK.

3 vegetables all are OK cooked well.

4 chocolates and biscuits few in number and gradually increase.

5 rice nicely cooked can be given. Idly is the best diet as it is only boiled. Chole is little difficult to digest and avoid it for 10 days more.

Once again I want to insist Prevention is better than cure!!
Malaria can not be prevented but typhoid can be !
Be careful with contaminated food!

Finally reg my contact number, kindly contact customer care in health care magic. You can browse my profile.

I wish your child speedy and complete recovery.
God bless you all
Dr Uma
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth 42 hours later
Thanks Dr. for your answers to my questions asked above , still i have few more questions ::

1) when he was admit in hospital , i asked to Dr. there for pomegranate juice then she said that avoid this as this is sour , so that's why i have doubt to give my son tomato ??? can i give him cooked tomato like in vegetables ?? and actually i want to give him juice of ( carrot,beetroot ,tomato AND/OR spinach ) boiled together, so can i give this juice??

2) can i give curd to him??

3) fulka (whole wheat fulkas) is ok??

kindly reply me soon
Answered by Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth 17 minutes later
Hi again,
Pomegranate is OK to be given .Just make sure that he bites properly.Otherwise juice can be given.

Reg carrot Detroit and tomato,cooked and filtered as soup is good

Curd can be given definitely.

Whole wheat pulkaroti is also no problem..

Good luck Sangeetha,
God bless
Dr Uma
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth 46 hours later

Hello Dr.Thanks a lot for such a nicely guidance for the diet to my kid....

still i have few question ::

1) Now a days i am giving him Pop-corn sometimes (made at home through Act II pop-corn ) as a snacks (as he demands for chips & namkeen , so i thought it would be better option ) , so is it ok?? OR should i stop giving him??

2) i have read some where on net that cornflakes with Milk is good (in case of malaria+typhoid) , so i am giving once in a day that too , so is it ok??

3) i have read some where on net that oats khichdi (oats mix with vegetables) is
also a good option?? can i start giving him sometimes for a change???

Waiting for your answers!!
Thanks In advance !!!!!
Answered by Dr. Uma Rajah Ananth 2 hours later
Of course all 3 items you mentioned are OK and can be given.
As long as they are made at home ,no problems!!!!
Take care
Dr Uma
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