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What should you do if your child has a cold or flu and won't drink fluids?

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If your child doesn’t feel like drinking, try some of these alternatives to a glass of water or juice:

  • Popsicles. If possible, get ones that are sugar-free or made with real fruit juice, or make your own. Pedialyte comes in frozen pops, too.
  • Gelatin. Use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes.
  • Soups. The warmth may help break up congestion in your child's airways. Some studies also show that chicken soup -- your grandmother's home remedy -- really may fight inflammation and help with colds.
  • Put a drink in a cup they don't usually use. Give him a straw. Pour some juice in a bowl and have him eat with a spoon. Try any tricks you can think of to make it more interesting.

SOURCES:

Lisa M. Asta, MD, spokeswoman, American Academy of Pediatrics; associate clinical professor of pediatrics, University of California San Francisco.

American Academy of Pediatrics.

HealthyChildren.org: "Dehydration."

Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago's Children: "Water Intake for Children Fact Sheet."

Lee, C.   , June 2004. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Lisa M. Asta, MD, spokeswoman, American Academy of Pediatrics; associate clinical professor of pediatrics, University of California San Francisco.

American Academy of Pediatrics.

HealthyChildren.org: "Dehydration."

Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago's Children: "Water Intake for Children Fact Sheet."

Lee, C.   , June 2004. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 19, 2019

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