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Foods that cause cold in infants and children, fruits and vegetables causing cough and cold in toddlers

Updated on November 28, 2012

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What causes cold for my baby
What causes cold for my baby

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 would help babies and infants pass motion

Fruits that cause cold in infants and children (cold fruits trigger cold in infants and children)

  • Oranges
  • Banana
  • Grapes
  • Lemon
  • Pomegranate
  • Lychee (litchi fruit)
  • Palm fruit
  • Tender coconut
  • Watermelon

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.

Fruits that do not cause cold in infants

  • Apple
  • 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.

  • Cucumber
  • Bitter guard
  • Pumpkin

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.

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

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.


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      RoadMonkey 4 months ago

      One of my granddaughters has a bad cold at the minute. I have all of these ingredients, so will try it for her.

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      yusuf 4 months ago

      I mostly suffer dry cough each and every year ...and its so disgusting..

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      Santoshi 12 months ago

      My baby has got pneumonia when she was 8 months old n got then she is getting twice or thrice cold in a month n so she is almost everyday with medicines n when severe with anti biotics till nw (3yrs old).l m worried that continuous use of medicines might reduce her immunity. I changed the doctor n he said stick nly to vegetables n rice...from few months i stop givin her fruits n even nuts...i stick to nly vegetables n does nly vegetables n rice will provide all the nutrition required for her body...she eats buttermilk rice morning and evening along with curries...can i give milk to my baby as i heard dat milk also increase mucus in children..

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      nameless 21 months ago

      never ever add salt to your babies food!!!

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      2 years ago

      Lychee and pumpkins do not have a cooling effect they are Heaty!!!!

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      niva 3 years ago

      Thanks a lot.... it really works. I always tried to feed medicines to my baby but i failed but the rasam did worked. This is best for all babies according to me

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      dhannyya 5 years ago

      thank you you mentioned doctors only can distinguish the nature of baby cold...but generally cold medicnes area not recommended for infants

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      These fruits are not recommended during very cold or rainy season I think. What I have to say is, people usually wait for sometime or even days after the appearance of symptoms, never do that. Consult immedietly with doctors, as they are skilled at checking children over to rule out serious illness. Thanks for sharing this useful hub with us. Rated up and shared.

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      dhannyya 5 years ago

      @ DreamerMeg ..thanks for your comment...body cooling foods are too strong for babies that they get cold

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      DreamerMeg 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      I never thought of babies getting a cold from what they are eating before.