Memories of Sickbed Foods in Food Traditions & Culture Posted July 21, 2004 Always 7-up/sprite/gingerale. Chicken broth (canned).To see if I could hold down anything, Saltine crackers. If yes, goto chicken broth with rice. I didn't get special treatment if I had a cold, only if things were coming up, or if I had a significant fever.I also seem to recall tomato soup with oyster crackers.[I did have a severe allergic reaction to cinnamon oil once, and I got to have ice cream since my tongue was all swollen. [I make friends chicken soup to make them feel better. Its also very therapeutic to make it.