Myth 8: When your child is sick, it's best to feed a cold and starve a fever
You should never withhold food from a child, doctors say. Your child needs all the nutrients and fluids he can get to fight an infection. But if he isn't up to eating full meals, don't worry. "Sick kids should be allowed to eat what they feel like and to listen to their bodies," Dr. Stern says. "It's more important for them to get plenty of liquids -- preferably carbohydrate-containing fluids like Pedialyte for younger children and juices or flat soda for older kids -- to prevent dehydration. They'll make up calories pretty quickly once they're feeling better."