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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

this always confuses me

I'm sure this has been discussed before but I honestly don't remember the answer.

Is it "starve a cold, feed a fever" or is it "feed a cold, starve a fever?" 

We talked about this tonight at dinner because one of us is sick.

Not me.

Not hubby.

Not Koda.

Yes son.

He caught a cold over the weekend. It was bound to happen. Around all the people he was around for Thanksgiving celebrations, plus girlfriend's little one had a cold and you know how hard it is to get little ones to remember to cover their mouth when coughing, etc.

He has the usual stuffy nose, sore throat, aches, cough.

Made me wonder. Should I be feeding him or starving him?

He's not running a fever so I'm pretty sure it is "just" a cold that will have to run its course. He's resting, drinking lots of liquids, taking stuff to help control his symptoms.

I'm thinking it is "starve a fever, feed a cold" since he seems to have an appetite and sometimes he doesn't have an appetite when he is running a fever.

But then hubby thought he heard it the other way "starve a cold, feed a fever".

What do you think?

40 comments:

Seriously Though said...

It's starve a fever, feed a cold. The body naturally will reject food when you have a fever, either no appetite or upchucking what you do eat. I hope he feels better very soon.

Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous said...

LOL! I don't trust old wives tales with my medical advice, ever since my grandmother insisted that biting my nails would give me appendicitis.

Shelly said...

Bummer! I do hope he feels well soon. I've never been sure what you feed and starve. Just starve all the germs-

Michelle said...

I think it's REST and drink plenty of fluids, but if you are forced to work, just stay away from your co-workers and 'buck up'...it will pass. (Can you see how much sympathy I get when I am sick?);)

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

You are right it is feed a cold starve a fever. Chicken soup is best!!!

Bijoux said...

Feed a cold, starve a fever. Or just eat when hungry, I say!

BelovedBomber said...

I have two with colds also. We have been including vitamin and zinc in our action plan too. Hope you and your hubby stay well :)

Parsley said...

Ha, I've always thought that was goofy.

I say fluids and let the patient eat if they want. The body knows what it needs.

Great post!

The Brown Recluse said...

It's neither. Plenty of fluids for both, and eat as desired...though with a fever, one usually doesn't feel like eating.

Jeanie said...

I'm not a good place for medical advice or old wives tales, but with you taking care of him I'm sure your son will soon be on the mend.

Big Mark 243 said...

Laughing @ Kellie's comment!

Hope your son is feeling better by now... other than his falling ill, how was your holiday..?

Lynn Proctor said...

yep starve a fever---hope he's all better now <3

Tamera Brose said...

Parsley and The Brown Recluse seem to have the best advice. Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands and avoid touching your face. Stay well, moms aren't supposed to get sick.

Deals On Wheels said...

I've always heard it was "feed a fever, starve a cold" because you don't feel like eating when you have a fever. But you need to eat in order to get better and keep your strength up. And, with colds, you should push the fluids (but not necessary the food?).

But I honestly don't know if that is right or not. Just give him plenty to drink and feed him if he is hungry.

Deals On Wheels said...

P.S. Hope he feels better soon!

Linda B. said...

"Feed a cold" is old wives tale my bil mentioned as he got up for seconds on Thanksgiving. I've heard it both ways. Hope both guys are feeling better soon!

Young patient story on radio this morning: doctor puts stethoscope to little boys ears and heart so he can hear his own heartbeat. Youngster's eyes get big and says, "I hear Jesus knocking!"

Take care!

Sharon said...

I had to Google this one. It's "starve a fever, feed a cold" - I found this interesting article on why that saying might prove true:

http://www.farmersalmanac.com/health/2010/01/25/feed-a-fever-and-starve-a-cold-or-vice-versa/

Either way, I hope your son feels better really soon.

And sniff, sniff - I think I'd better go get something to eat. Um, can I use a *cold* as an excuse for Thanksgiving leftovers???

XO

Deanna said...

Feed a cold, starve a fever is the myth. But..... I'd say liquids, liquids, liquids, and lots of nutrients! Hope son feels better soon and doesn't share!

jack69 said...

Do not use the prescription, but in the Navy it was here is a hand full of APC (All Purpose Caps(Aspirin))tablets. Take 2 at ten and ten at two. Drink lots and get to work. hahahaa

I do not remember the formula needed, but it isn't any fun either way.

My favorite cure was some kind of Alka seltzer tablet, they later banned it.
Good luck to your son.

I just mentioned him in prayer!

Jacked Up Glock Mom said...

Def. Starve the Fever, and feed the cold.. either way, it stinks to be sick, so I hope he gets well soon. : )

Funny in My Mind said...

My mom was a nurse and she always made soup and juice and Sprite when we had a cold. If we had a fever, it better be a high one or we went to school.

Secret Agent Woman said...

"Feed a cold, feed a fever." That's how I play it. If a sick person has an appetite and wants to eat, they should - I can't see how withholding food when someone is sick is ever a good idea. The only exception is for nausea and even then you don't starve the person, you just stick to bland food and liquids.

Chatty Crone said...

Haha - you are right. And my Will had a cold and now my daughter has one. So we may be passing it around too. I hope you don't get it. I agree with the chicken soup. sandie

Jane said...

I hope your son feels better soon!

LynnMarie said...

Starve a fever. If you have a fever and give it any kind of dairy, it will curdle inside of you so the saying became stave a fever.
Hope son gets well soon.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Sure hope that your son will feel better SOON!

SweetMarie said...

I believe in chicken noodle soup and honey. :) Hope he feels better soon!

Marianne said...

Oh! Oh! I know but I'm late to the party! But it's feed a cold, starve a fever and I even know why!

Quite often a fever is related to infection and/or flu. If it's infection, a lot of foods with sugar can make it worse.

AND...if it's flu-related, a lot of foods with dairy can make it worse too.

I'm so smart.

And I totally disregard everything when I'm sick and eat Nutella.

Hope your son's feeling better!

Aneta said...

I think it's feed a cold homemade chicken noodle soup. That's what my kids seem to go for. Even now, when they are on their own, I will often make them homemade soup when I hear they are sick. It's just comforting, I think.

Hollie said...

Hope he feels better soon! Colt has caught a cold too. I know what you are dealing with! I just hope the rest of us don't get it!

Rita said...

Kind of a dumb saying, but I think it's feed a cold, starve a fever. The only reason I could see for starving a fever is that you're more likely to throw it back up--LOL! I hope your son is feeling better by now.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Hope he's better, Betty! I like Marianne's remedy. LOL

Jen Forbes said...

Feed everything and always plenty of fluids. Treat the symptoms with otc meds and plenty of hugs.

Empty Nester said...

I always heard "Starve a cold, feed a fever" but then I always just did whatever my body told me to do. And I did the same thing with the girls. If they were hungry when sick, I fed them. If not, I didn't. LOL Hope he feels better soon!

Living Life said...

I've always heard "feed a cold, starve a fever". One can never have too much chicken noodle soup when they have a cold. Sorry to hear about your son. I've had a cold for over three weeks now. Ugh. It is getting annoying at this point. It's just one of those things that needs to run it's course. Wishing your son and your family good health through the rest of the holidays!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Here is what I found: The adage is "Starve a fever, feed a cold." It makes sense if you think about having the flu vs. a cold. A flu is an intense reaction that takes a lot of metabolic activity. Digestion is a demanding task. As a fever is usually short lived (1-3 days), not eating may be a better way of allowing your body to contribute the maximum amount of metabolic activity to recovery.

Blondee said...

I hope son is better! It is starve a fever, because a fever means there is something viral in the system so you risk throwing up whatever you eat.

Joanne Noragon said...

I think it's "don't touch your eyes or your nose until you've washed your hands." All I hear at our house is

I need to wash my hands.
You need to wash your hands.

There hasn't been a cold here in ten years. Don't know what importing two granddaughters will do to that.

Martha said...

I know I'm late and sure hope your son is feeling better by now and hope nobody else caught what he had. I always say when sick eat if you feel like eating and evening doses of germ killer if of drinking age ;)

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