Fruits and Vegetables That Cause Coughs and Colds in Infants and Children
Why Is My Baby Getting Frequent Colds?
I stayed at home and took great care of my baby. I did everything to prevent him from getting a cold. He, however, exhibited cold symptoms every night for more than two weeks. A chronic cough, chest congestion, nasal congestion, and body pain made my baby restless, so much so, he couldn't eat or sleep.
I consulted with a doctor and explained my difficulties. My doctor explained that until a baby is 18 months of age, he/she can get a cold without any identifiable trigger. My doctors explained how viruses cause colds, and a baby must develop resistance against each virus upon each exposure. Future colds will be caused by a different virus in the environment. No matter how much care we as mothers offer, it is nearly impossible to prevent our children from getting colds.
My suggestions reflect a combination of both traditional Ayurvedic medicine and purely personal experience. I've found these recommendations to be effective.
Top Causes of Colds in Infants and Children
Whenever my husband or I became sick, our baby would catch the cold. When we traveled on public transportation or went to the supermarket, my baby would also catch a cold. It is reasonable to believe that traveling in public vehicles with air-conditioning can cause an infant to get sick. I once traveled from Delhi to Chennai on a train compartment with AC, and my baby caught a viral fever. Diseases spread easily in recirculated air. Unfortunately, being in India, we cannot avoid public travel. We have to take our children with us and because of this, they unavoidably get sick.
I have also found that eating certain foods can trigger colds in infants and children. For infants less than 6 months of age, fruits that cool the body can cause illness. Certain foods have a cooling effect and trigger colds, so you should avoid giving cool fruits, juices, and cold water to babies.
Fruits That Trigger Colds in Infants and Children
Lychee (litchi fruit)
Fruits That Do Not Cause Colds in Infants
- Nendran banana
Restrict children from consuming cooling fruits and vegetables during cold weather, early morning, and night.
Vegetables That Trigger Colds in Infants and Children
Certain vegetables have cooling effects on the body much like fruit and can cause colds in infants and toddlers. When a baby turns one, you can give fruits and vegetables when the climate is hot. These vegetables should be avoided until the baby is one year of age:
- Bitter gourd
Avoid giving curd, cold juice, cold vegetables, and salads to children.
Rasam Recipe for Children With Colds
Rasam is a special south Indian dish that can be given to babies when he or she gets a cold. This is a rasam for children that contains warming ingredients.
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 small piece ginger
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 pinch pepper
- 1 pinch mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 1 pinch turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon tamarind
- 1 pinch salt
- Heat oil. Scatter mustard seeds and add turmeric powder.
- Crush ginger, garlic, and cumin seeds and combine.
- Add 1 cup of water.
- Add tamarind extract (tamarind warms the body).
- Add pepper powder and salt.
- Keep a low flame for 15 minutes and stir until ready.
Be sure to feed rasam with a spoon and serve with rice, idli, or dosa. You can also give plain rasam (without rice). All of the ingredients warm the body.
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