Chicken Pox: Foods to Eat and Avoid

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Chicken pox is a contagious disease especially kids. Learn what foods your kid should and shouldn't eat during this crucial period.

Chicken pox Symptoms

Recently, my son had chicken pox and I was really new to this contagious disease.

Luckily, my hubby, my daughter and I had our chicken pox already but we couldn't remember much what were the strict rules of what to eat and avoid since it happened many years ago.

  • He started to have high fever the night before without any symptoms or reason at all. I gave him lots of water to drink, fever syrups and bathed him a few times per day in order to cool down his temperature.

  • The next day, he developed a tiny spot on his forehead which I thought it was a prickle heat. By mid afternoon, he had a couple of tiny spots on his shoulder blades. I gave him a couple of baths since I thought his body temperature must be rising.

  • Unfortunately the next day, there were dozens of spots spreading around his arms, spinal cords and chest.

  • He was feeling itchy as he started to scratch around the spots. I tried to prevent him from scratching as the red spots with toxin spots were contagious.

  • Once it burst, he felt the pain on the blisters. Had to trim off the finger nails.

  • That is when I knew he had Chicken Pox. Dad took him to see a nearby clinic to reconfirm the disease. CONFIRMED it was Chicken Pox.

Anyway, we were fortunate that we could stay with him as he need not be quarantine from us since we were immunized to the disease. After all, we had it!

Foods to Avoid

According to Chinese superstitious rules, there are many do's and dont's that we had to adhere in order to recover quickly and miraculously escape from retaining any Chicken Pox scars.

Anyway, I asked my mom what were the foods to avoid. The following list were the common food that we had been avoiding since decades.

It was difficult for my son to eat anything as he had mouth ulcers due to the chicken pox side effects and it was very painful for him to chew any food. So, it was comforting when he had porridge and soups which were easily eaten, not much chewing, more on slurping.

Anyway, some of the food you had to avoid are:

  • seafood ( fish, shrimps, clams, calamari, squids, )
  • meats ( chicken , ducks, turkey, beef, mutton)
  • eggs (quail, ducks, chicken )
  • dark soy sauce
  • beans and
  • nuts (assorted nut and mung beans )
  • no junk food ( fast food, sweets, carbonated drinks, snacks-chips)

Foods to eat

You had to eat plain boring food during the quarantine period since most foods had to be avoided due to health purpose.

Hence, eat light and easy to digest food such as:

  • porridge ( vegetarian or plain )
  • soups ( vegetables, tofu )
  • mee suah soup ( also known as Misua, a Chinese white thin noodles made from wheat)
  • water (plenty of jugs!)
  • herbal teas ( boiled at home- herbs can be bought at Chinese Medicinal Shop)
  • fresh fruit juice ( apple, orange, kiwi, tomatoes, honeydew, carrots)
  • any green leafy vegetables ( spinach, kale, mustard greens , broccoli )

Since drinking can be painful due to the mouth ulcers, try using straws. It was easy for him to drink from straws since the fluids get into direct to his throat without touching the sores.

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author avatar Retired
8th Jun 2014 (#)

Short but informative...great share.

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author avatar peachpurple
9th Aug 2015 (#)

i had changed the article to make it longer, thanks

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
9th Jun 2014 (#)

Good to know what foods children should not eat when they have the chicken pox

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author avatar peachpurple
9th Aug 2015 (#)

thanks mark, Chinese and americans diet are different

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
10th Jun 2014 (#)

most informative yes...thank you I had that disease when small...

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author avatar peachpurple
9th Aug 2015 (#)

I had when i was pregnant

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author avatar brendamarie
10th Jun 2014 (#)

Your poor son, it sounds like he had a bad case of them.
I hope, he is doing better.

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author avatar peachpurple
9th Aug 2015 (#)

thanks brenda, he got better after 2 weeks

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Jun 2014 (#)

Good share - thank you.

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author avatar peachpurple
9th Aug 2015 (#)

thanks kingwell, appreciated

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author avatar Retired
12th Jun 2014 (#)

This is a good tip for those who have not yet this chicken pox.

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author avatar peachpurple
9th Aug 2015 (#)

right angel, especially new parents

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author avatar snerfu
1st Jul 2014 (#)

Nice informative article, good work.

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author avatar peachpurple
9th Aug 2015 (#)

thanks snerfu, glad that it is helpful

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author avatar Retired
19th Jun 2015 (#)

My kids had their vaccine so they are not having this chicken pox.

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author avatar peachpurple
9th Aug 2015 (#)

thanks angel, vaccine is optional here

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author avatar Sherrie
2nd Oct 2017 (#)

This is useful. My girl 4 yrs old just had chicken pox, wandering what to avoid and what to eat? Will it spread to my boy? Lucky I found this website..

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