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    My father-in-law just recovered from a bout of dengue. He is 73, and otherwise very active but the illness makes him feel fatigued. What do you suggest that we should include in his meals so that it does not relapse and he gets over his weakness?

    Team ParentCircle Answered by Team ParentCircle


    Dear Parent,

    In the elderly, recovering from dengue fever might take some time because of its symptoms like joint and muscle pains. It is important that he gets plenty of rest and consumes a nutritious diet to recover from the illness faster. Here are some dietary tips to help with faster recovery.

    Vitamin K: Dengue patients are more likely to have a low platelet count. Foods rich in vitamin K can help regenerate platelets. Some of the good sources of vitamin K include broccoli, turnip greens, spinach, cabbage, pumpkin, soybeans. Broccoli soup would be the best recovery drink.

    Vitamin C: This essential micronutrient helps boost the immune system. Some of the good sources of vitamin C include guava, orange, sweet lime, and papaya. Make a bowl of fresh fruit salad for a mid-morning snack or even a glass of fresh fruit juice can be consumed.

    Fluids: The body needs plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Coconut water, fruit juice, soups can help hydrate the body. Soups made with a variety of vegetables can be a complete meal. If he is having trouble swallowing food, soup is the best option to nourish the body with the required nutrients.

    Hope this helps. Wishing your father-in-law a speedy recovery.

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