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Causes of cold in infants – Why my baby is frequently getting cold
I stayed at home and took extreme care of my baby. I did everything that can prevent a cold in him. He however got a cold every fortnight. Baby’s cold lasted for more than two weeks. Cold, cough, chest congestion, nasal congestion and body pain made baby restless that he couldn’t sleep or eat.
I could not understand what is causing cold in him. I consulted with an expert doctor and explained my difficult plight. My doctor told that it is not because of the lack of care that baby is getting cold often. Till the baby is 18 months he would get cold without any major cause. According to him, viruses cause cold and each virus would come and attack baby. Baby would encounter each cold virus and gain resistance against each one of them. The next cold attack would be caused by a different virus. And these viruses are coming from environment. This is the explanation he gave. We cannot stop our baby getting cold. No matter how much we care babies get cold.
From my personal experience I have found two major causes of cold in infants and children. My baby used to get a cold if he is contact with an infected person.
Top cause of cold in infants and children – contact with infection person
Whenever me or my husband get a cold baby would catch cold. When we travel in public transport or go to a market baby would get cold. Travelling in public vehicles with AC can cause cold in infant. Once when I travelled from Delhi to Chennai on an AC train compartment my baby got cold and viral fever. Diseases spread easily in AC. Unfortunately being in India we cannot avoid such travel. We do take our children with us and they get cold and fever. This is unavoidable.
Other than this I have found that eating certain foods would trigger cold in infants and children. For infants less than 6 months old, just a body cooling fruit can cause cold. These foods that have a cooling effect triggers cold. Avoid giving cool fruits, juices and cold water to babies.
Foods that cause cold in infants and children
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Fruits that cause cold in infants and children (cold fruits trigger cold in infants and children)
- Lychee (litchi fruit)
- Palm fruit
- Tender coconut
Juices of these fruits should also be avoided. Even though these fruits are good for infant constipation, they would cause cold in infants and children.
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Fruits that do not cause cold in infants
- Nendran banana
Vegetables that cause cold in infants and children
These vegetables can be avoided till the baby is 1 year old. Certain vegetables have body cooling effect that they would cause cold in infants and toddlers. When the baby crosses 1 year you can give fruits and vegetables when the climate is hot. Do not give much fruits and cold vegetables to children during cold climate, early morning and night.
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Avoid giving curd, cold juice, cold vegetables and salads to children. Try giving these fruits and vegetables in summer. I would share with you a special dish that can be given to babies when he or she gets cold. This is called Rasam in South India. This is a Rasam for children. This rasam contains ingredients that warms baby. This would also cure cold in babies.
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A special recipe for baby when he gets cold, cough, chest congestion and running nose
Garlic – 3 cloves
Ginger – 1 small piece
Cumin Seed – 1 teaspoon
Pepper – a pinch
Mustard seeds – a pinch
Oil – 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder powder – a pinch
Tamarind - half teaspoon
Salt - a pinch
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How to prepare rasam for children
Heat oil, splutter mustard seeds, and add turmeric powder. Crush ginger, garlic and cumin seeds and add to it. Add 1 cup of water. Add tamarind extract. Tamarind warms body. Add pepper powder. Put salt. Keep in low flame for 15 minutes. Rasam for babies is ready. Give rasam with rice, idli or dosa. You can give plain rasam also (without rice). Feed in spoon. All the ingriedients are body warming. This is effective for kids and cold would flee away.