Diet for Typhoid Fever Patients

 Typhoid Diet

Light Foods and Drinks

Since the typhoid patient is very ill and anorexic, a high energy, high protein, full fluid diet is recommended.  In Typhoid Diet, in the beginning small meals are given at frequent intervals of 2 to 3 hours. Sufficient intake of fluids and salts should be ensured. Generally in this condition, sufferer should avoid the whole grain, rice and other solid foods because they give pressure on your digestive system. The typhoid diet should be one that is light and easy to digest. Keep in mind that a patient who has typhoid has a low appetite. It is vital therefore, to ensure that such a patient is given a high calorie and high protein diet. Guiding Principles are as follows:-

  • The typhoid diet should supply enough proteins
  • There should provide adequate nutrition
  • There should provide enough fluids to maintain the electrolyte and water balance in the individual.

Typhoid Fever Diet

Following foods are recommended to be included in Typhoid Diet:-

  • Fruit juices with glucose
  • Coconut water
  • Barley water
  • Porridge
  • Rava

As the symptoms subside, semi- solid foods can be incorporated into typhoid fever diet, for instance, custards, porridge, rice with yogurt and so on. Milk, fruit juices and barley are good options as well. The emphasis in this diet should be on raw or lightly cooked vegetables and fresh fruits. The main motive behind a typhoid patient’s diet is to supply proper nutrition, and to balance the water and electrolyte proportion in the patient’s body. Mashed potato and other soft cooked vegetables and fruits like banana must be given. Because of the fever, water balance may be affected, so plenty of water and fluids are necessary. Small frequent feeds of juice, fruit, milk or lassi, bread and jam and light biscuits may be tried.  High protein is also required, so if there is no diarrhea, following food items may be given:-

  • Milk,
  • Custards
  • Fruit milk shake
  • Thin dhal,
  • Mashed Egg
  • Soft cooked fish and chicken
  • Mashed potato
  • Soft cooked vegetables
  • Fruits like banana

Typhoid Diet Restrictions

Fat intake has to be as low as possible so that we do not put extra burden on the digestive process and help keep the fever down. Too much fat in the food during fever causes the fever to rise higher. It may also cause vomiting which we want to avoid as far as possible or there would be further lose of nutrients and more weakness. Foods to be strictly avoided are:-

  • Butter
  • Ghee
  • Vegetable oil
  • Chilies
  • Spices
  • All irritating fibers occurring in foods
  • Rich pastries
  • Fried snacks
  • Desserts
  • Thick cream soups

Typhoid Diet Related Nutritional Problems 

  1. There is a “Loss of protein” in the body, you loose as much as 250-500 grams of muscle tissue every day
  2. Glycogen reserves are fast depleting and  fluid balance is disturbed
  3. If the gastrointestinal tract is inflamed / irritated  or diarrhea for a long time, then it will interfere with absorption of nutrients
  4. Ulceration / intestinum severely  injured due  to the prolonged illness, it can cause intestinal bleeding and even perforation.
  5. Administration of aspirin to reduce fever  may be irritate  the intestinal tract, which can aggravate the intestinal injury/infection.
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26 Comments Add yours

  1. charanjeet says:

    Good advice

    1. durai says:

      thank u

  2. thaks for info about food taken

  3. Ramana says:

    Thanks For your advice and help

  4. Devi says:

    Very Helpful Advice and Food Diet. Thank you.

  5. Sonam jamwal says:

    good knowlege for pt.

  6. thamim says:

    good useful my son

  7. dr. g. n. ojha says:

    very nice information

  8. boopathi ragavan says:

    thanks for your tips, this is very useful for my brother.

  9. priyanka says:

    thank you so… much. I really needed it 4 my mother.

  10. Tirupati Nayak says:

    Thank you so much for the information. I need it desperately

  11. Raju hasan says:

    Thank u very much………

  12. pooja says:

    so nice, very useful thanks

  13. pooja says:

    thank u

  14. Madhu says:

    Very helpfull advice

  15. Rakesh says:

    Thank you for help full advice.

  16. nitendra says:

    thank u it is very useful for my wife

  17. hoisy says:

    But I do not think chicken is at all good for a typhoid patient…!!

  18. Anil Wig says:

    Thanks a lot.

  19. Sudha says:

    Thank you

  20. NEERAJ BAJAJ says:

    Thanks life saving advise

  21. Raja says:

    NICE

  22. kaushal Dahal says:

    thanks 4 good suggestion and advice…

  23. Geeta says:

    Thank you so much……very useful for me as i am just recovering from typhoid

  24. Capt RS Annadurai says:

    thanks 4 the good info but i have doubt about chicken & fish. it will help my son.

  25. Lakshmisha says:

    Thanks for tips… It is very helpful! Thanks a lot..

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