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What to cook for DD, just out of hospital

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tkband3 Thu 19-Nov-15 16:55:04

DD3 has been in hospital since Monday, undergoing treatment via NG tube for severe constipation and faecal impaction. Since then, she's eaten just tomato soup and jelly. She's almost certainly coming home this evening, hopefully in time for dinner, and will be able to eat pretty much normally once she's home.

What she really wants is pizza, but the consultant said that was pretty much the worst thing she could have! I want to try and get some protein into her, and DH thought of steak - lots of protein, iron etc, but having bought steak for the family, it occurred to me that red meat is pretty hard to digest, so it may not be the best thing for her right now. Any ideas? I was thinking maybe chicken casserole...but thought I'd ask for suggestions - would be v grateful for some inspiration!

(She's also coeliac, so is gluten free.)

cdtaylornats Thu 19-Nov-15 21:49:05

Chicken satay or a chicken curry

Basically anything with lots of flavour that isn't tomatoes

TheOnlyColditz Thu 19-Nov-15 21:51:46

I'd do a well seasoned chicken casserole with boiled white rice

tkband3 Thu 19-Nov-15 21:57:40

Thanks for the replies. I did the chicken casserole with steamed rice and she loved it smile.

Dontlaugh Thu 19-Nov-15 21:58:31

Is she under a dieticians care? Did they have any plan on discharge?
Given she's coeliac, maybe a curry? Loads of flavour without the gluten. Pateks curry pastes are all gluten free afaik.
If she really wants pizza, there is gluten free pizza bases, then cook the sauce yourself and add toppings. Why did cons say this was the worst thing for her?
Hope she feels better soon.

Dontlaugh Thu 19-Nov-15 21:59:15

Cross post, great!

cdtaylornats Thu 19-Nov-15 22:20:59

If she really wants pizza - I assume its the crust thats the problem - then you could try the alternative pizza bases

www.hellawella.com/13-pizza-crust-alternatives-more-nutrients-less-guilt

tkband3 Thu 19-Nov-15 22:50:19

She has pizza often (Sainsbury's do a lovely frozen gluten free one) - I think the consultant was concerned about the heavy carb/greasy cheese combo after three days of 'clearing out' and a liquid diet.

Unfortunately no dietitian advice - all three of my DDs are coeliac and after seeing one a couple of times when DD1 was first diagnosed, they figured I could cope...we get an annual check up with a general paediatrician which is a bit pointless - I know more about coeliac than he does! But it's a good point - I think I'll ask the consultant we've been dealing with this time about seeing one to try to avoid this issue again.

I very much appreciate the replies and suggestions...after three nights on the most uncomfortable pull out bed in the world, I couldn't think straight or make a decision earlier smile.

Dontlaugh Thu 19-Nov-15 22:57:42

You are too capable! Pretend you're clueless and see how fast you are referred! e.g. "I can't wait to feed her some bread/Pizza Express/pasta when we get home!!!".
Await social services, but also Dietician. Drastic, perhaps. grin

Dontlaugh Thu 19-Nov-15 23:00:47

Faecal impaction on its own should warrant a dietician referral to be fair, that is quite severe for such a young child. NG tube also would warrant follow up. I would push for a more thorough ongoing follow up of all 3 children, given the history. Annual review from Paeds not worth a f tbh, imo.

tkband3 Fri 20-Nov-15 12:44:20

That made me laugh Dontlaugh - I think you're right...too capable and British (don't like to kick up a fuss smile).

But this whole episode has made me realise quite how useless our current paediatrician is...he felt DD's belly just three weeks ago and couldn't feel a thing, yet an X-ray done just a week later showed clearly that she was, quite frankly, full of poo!! (Sorry - TMI!!). The consultant we've been seeing since at a different hospital picked up the problem straight away and could feel everything inside her...thinking seriously of finding out how to switch ongoing care for all three DDs to him (he's also an allergy specialist so more relevant, and the husband of a good friend!!). I'm going to ask him about referral to a dietitian too.

Thanks for your thoughts - really helpful to get someone else's point of view on all this.

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