Do Not Feeding Baby Porridge During Fever Myth

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Do not feed baby porridge during a fever

Do not feed porridge to baby if he has a fever.

Reason: The temperature of the fever will go up.

True or False?

Answer: True

I did not believe this tale until I started my child care centre 8 years ago. If a child has a fever and I have managed to bring it down by sponging or giving paracetamol, I would give the child porridge for fear that he would be hungry. Within an hour the fever will be back and the temperature will go up even higher. Apparently, rice which is used to cook the porridge is very “heaty” and eating it will increase the body temperature.

Nowadays, I substitute the porridge with bread, fruits or mashed potatoes until the fever has subsided for 48 hours.

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