caused by hepatitis A virus is usually got from contaminated
food or water. During the summer season food spoils
easily and one should be very careful about eating from
outside the home.
an attack of jaundice the liver cells are damaged. The
liver is the place where fat is metabolized and since
it is damaged and needs to rest and recover, fat in
the diet must be restricted. A small amount of fat,
say 2-3 tsps per day may be permitted in seasoning of
the food but apart from this all fatty foods must be
strictly restricted for atleast 90 days. Cream of milk
must be thoroughly removed, ice cream, ghee, cheese,
butter, and desserts using these must be avoided. All
pastries and rich bakery items, all Indian sweets and
nuts are not permitted. Marie biscuits, arrowroot and
glucose biscuits may be eaten but all rich cookies avoid.
Fried foods and snack items like chips, mixture etc
are to be completely avoided.
and coconut chutney and coconut curries as well as all
non-veg is best avoided. As she recovers eggs may be
introduced. The liver is also the place where breakdown
products of protein metabolism are metabolized so we
have to be careful about protein intake. However for
the damaged liver cells to heal and be regenerated protein
food is necessary so a moderate intake of protein is
recommended. This can be skimmed milk about 3-4 cups
per day in the form of milk or curd or even made into
porridge or custard.
dhal may be given which is not spicy. This can be cooked
with various vegetables to give variety and flavor.
All beans, peas and pulses must be avoided at this time.
If tolerated, soft cooked eggs like scrambled eggs and
pouched egg may be given.
main focus at this time is to give plenty of carbohydrates
so that energy levels are kept high and also protein
food is not used for energy. Large quantities cannot
be tolerated so frequent intake of smaller meals besides
breakfast, lunch and dinner is advised. This can be
light biscuits, bread and jam or honey and plenty of
fruit like banana or even dried fruits like dates or
raisins. Jelly, custards, lassi, cold milk shakes etc
can also be taken in-between the meals.
can be, porridge or cereal and milk, idli, is probably
the only south Indian item safe to eat at this time.
Rice, bread, soft chapatti or wheat kanji may be had
at meals. Plenty of soft cooked vegetables like potato,
carrot, and cauliflower must also be eaten, as there
is a special need for vitamin B and C for recovery.
there is a lot for vomiting the sodium and potassium
may be lost. Salt can be used as needed and banana and
fruits is a must to replace potassium. Vegetable soups
and juices too may be had when ever possible.