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Diet Chart For Dengue Fever Patients

Last Updated: Oct 28, 2021

About Dengue Diet Management

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Dengue is caused by a family of viruses and is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. The symptoms in addition to fever are headache, muscle pain, skin rashes, and exhaustion. Dengue is very prominent in tropical and subtropical regions. The signs of typhoid fever and dengue are almost the same, so it is hard to detect them initially. But, it should be detected on time to prevent it from becoming fatal.

In addition to various treatments and preventions, a diet plan for dengue plays a very prominent part in the recovery of the patient suffering from Dengue. Patients suffering from dengue need to have a sufficient intake of nutrients and a healthy diet plan to overcome the loss caused by the dengue.

Diet plan for dengue patients should include the following:

  1. Easily digestible food e.g boiled food, green vegetables, banana, apple, soups, porridge, and herbal tea.
  2. Lots of fluids, to regain electrolytes and prevent dehydration. E.g fresh juices, coconut water, Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS).
  3. Consumption of food with Vitamin C acts as a natural cure for dengue fever as it promotes antibodies for faster healing and recovery e.g amla, papaya, and orange juice.
  4. Food that increases the platelet count and blood count pomegranate juice or black grape juice, green leafy vegetables (boiled), cod liver oil, flaxseed oil, fresh fruits.
  5. Anyone suffering from dengue should avoid spicy food, foods with saturated fats, processed food, sugary and aerated drinks, absolutely avoid raw vegetables.

Diet Chart for Dengue Patient

Sunday
Breakfast (8:00-8:30AM)Milk n Cornflakes (1 cup)
Mid-Meal (11:00-11:30AM)Tender coconut water (1 cup) + 1 Apple
Lunch (2:00-2:30PM)Parboiled rice (1/2 cup) + Chicken(2pcs.) stew (1/2 cup)
Evening (4:00-4:30PM)Vegetable soup (1/2 cup)
Dinner (8:00-8:30PM)Boiled rice (1/3 cup) + Mashed potato (2) + Ghee (1tsp) + Warm Rasgolla (2)
Monday
Breakfast (8:00-8:30AM)Chapati (1.5) soaked in Milk (1/2 cup) with added sugar
Mid-Meal (11:00-11:30AM)Tender coconut water (1 cup) + 1 Ripe banana
Lunch (2:00-2:30PM)Parboiled rice (1/2 cup) + Fish(1pc.) stew (1/2 cup)
Evening (4:00-4:30PM)Spinach soup (1/2 cup)
Dinner (8:00-8:30PM)Boiled rice (1/3 cup) + Carrot n potato curry (1/2 cup) + Warm Rasgolla (2)
Tuesday
Breakfast (8:00-8:30AM)Chapati (2) + Masoor daal soup (1/2 cup)
Mid-Meal (11:00-11:30AM)Tender coconut water (1 cup) + Grapes (1/2 cup)
Lunch (2:00-2:30PM)Yellow matar daal curry (1/2 cup) + 1/4th fresh lime on it.
Evening (4:00-4:30PM)Carrot soup (1/2 cup)
Dinner (8:00-8:30PM)Mashed boiled rice (1/3 cup) + Milk (1/4 cup) + Jaggery (3 tsp)
Wednesday
Breakfast (8:00-8:30AM)Rice flake Pulav (1 cup) with peas and carrots
Mid-Meal (11:00-11:30AM)Tender cococnut water (1 cup) + 1 orange
Lunch (2:00-2:30PM)Mashed potato(2) n Boiled rice (1/2 cup) + Boiled egg (1) + Ghee (2tsp) on warm rice
Evening (4:00-4:30PM)Chicken soup (1/3 cup)
Dinner (8:00-8:30PM)Boiled rice (1/3 cup) + Fish(1pc) stew (1/3 cup) + Warm Rasgolla (2)
Thursday
Breakfast (8:00-8:30AM)Chapati (2) + Moong daal soup (1/2 cup)
Mid-Meal (11:00-11:30AM)Tender coconut water (1 cup) + Pomegranates (1/2 cup)
Lunch (2:00-2:30PM)Parboiled rice (1/2 cup) + Chicken(2pcs.) stew (1/2 cup)
Evening (4:00-4:30PM)Mushroom soup (1/2 cup)
Dinner (8:00-8:30PM)Boiled rice (1/4 cup) + Boiled Eggs (1) + Ghee (1tsp) + Warm Rasgolla (2)
Friday
Breakfast (8:00-8:30AM)Custard (1/2 cup) + Toast (2 slices)
Mid-Meal (11:00-11:30AM)Tender coconut water (1 cup) + 2 Chikus
Lunch (2:00-2:30PM)Parboiled rice (1/2 cup) + Fish(1pc.) stew (1/2 cup)
Evening (4:00-4:30PM)Carrot soup (1/2 cup)
Dinner (8:00-8:30PM)Mashed boiled rice (1/3 cup) + Milk (1/4 cup) + Jaggery (3 tsp)
Saturday
Breakfast (8:00-8:30AM)Chapati (2) + Bengal gram daal (1/2 cup)
Mid-Meal (11:00-11:30AM)Tender coconut water (1 cup) + Black grapes (1/2 cup)
Lunch (2:00-2:30PM)Yellow matar daal curry (1/2 cup) + 1/4th fresh lime on it.
Evening (4:00-4:30PM)Spinach soup (1/2 cup)
Dinner (8:00-8:30PM)Boiled rice (1/3 cup) + Fish(1pc) stew (1/3 cup) + Warm Rasgolla (2)

Diet Restrictions: Food Items To Limit In Dengue Fever

  1. A high fibre foods such as whole grain cereals, green leafy vegetables, thick skin fruits, etc.
  2. Fried foods, processed foods, junk foods, oily and spicy foods, pickles, etc.
  3. Excess intake of tea, coffee, cocoa and other caffeinated beverages, etc.

Do's And Dont's While Following Diet Plan for Dengue

Do's & Don'ts:

  1. Give large quantities of fluids with light diet.
  2. Advice complete bed rest.
  3. Repeated blood tests are necessary to monitor platelet counts and haematocrit.
  4. Timely intravenous fluid substitutes to counteract plasma leakage.
  5. Do not give Aspirin or any NSAIDs for the fever or pain because Aspirin is a blood thinner and NSAIDs exacerbate plasma leakage.
  6. Never delay treatment especially if symptoms like red spots, bleeding from any site, black stools, excessive drowsiness, breathlessness, paleness of skin and frequent vomiting occur.

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Food Items You Can Easily Consume to Prevent Dengue Fever

  1. Orange: Oranges are full of essential nutrients and vitamins. They are rich in vitamin C, which is an important antioxidant.
  2. Papaya: Papaya triggers faster platelet production in dengue patients. All you need to do is crush a couple of papaya leaves and drink its juice twice daily to beat the dengue blues.
  3. Avoid Oily Food: One of the main symptoms of dengue is stomach problems. Make sure you don’t continue eating oily and spicy food as it will only worsen your condition.
  4. Porridge: The delicious cereal or Dalia (the Indian name for it), is a popular breakfast option all around the world. Its high fiber and nutrient value ensure that you get adequate strength to fight the disease.
  5. Herbal Tea: Herbal teas can help reduce the symptoms of dengue fever. Choose flavors like cardamom, peppermint, or ginger.
  6. Coconut Water: Coconut water is one of the best foods for dengue patients as it is a natural source of water, essential minerals, and electrolytes.
  7. Vegetable Juices: Carrots, cucumber, and other leafy greens are especially good for treating the symptoms of dengue. These vegetables are replete with essential vitamins and minerals that help boost immunity and reduce the suffering of dengue patients.
  8. Fruit Juice: Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant It triggers collagen production and helps boost the immune system. Fruits like orange, pineapple, strawberry, guava, and kiwi boost the production of lymphocytes, which fight viral infection. Fruit juices are a must-have if you are suffering from dengue

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Written ByDrx Hina FirdousPhD (Pharmacology) Pursuing, M.Pharma (Pharmacology), B.Pharma - Certificate in Nutrition and Child CarePharmacology
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