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18 of the Most Outdated Pieces of Parenting Advice We’ve Ever Heard

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Feed a cold, starve a fever.

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Honestly, it’s no wonder life expectancy used to be so much lower, given the advice they followed. Being sick can certainly affect your appetite, and if your kid doesn’t want to eat when they’re feeling crummy, it’s fine. Fluids are important, but a day or two of crackers and ice pops never hurt anyone. But there is no evidence to suggest that forcing food if your kid has a cold or withholding food when they have a fever is going to do anything but make that sick kid mad. Again, viruses do what they want to do. If your kid has a fever and wants a sandwich, give them a damn sandwich.

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