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Fruits and Vegetables That Cause Coughs and Colds in Infants and Children

Dhannyya is experienced in using home remedies for common ailments.

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 that 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 that 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 offer as mothers, 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 a 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 six 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

Juices from these fruits should also be avoided. Even though these fruits are good for infant constipation, they can cause colds in infants and children. Try giving these fruits only in the summer.



Palm fruit



Tender coconut


Lychee (litchi fruit)


Fruits That Do Not Cause Colds in Infants

  • Apple
  • 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 them fruits and vegetables when the climate is hot. These vegetables should be avoided until the baby is one year of age:

  • Cucumber
  • Bitter gourd
  • Pumpkin

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

Cooking Instructions

  1. Heat oil. Scatter mustard seeds and add turmeric powder.
  2. Crush ginger, garlic, and cumin seeds and combine.
  3. Add 1 cup of water.
  4. Add tamarind extract (tamarind warms the body).
  5. Add pepper powder and salt.
  6. 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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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


Elisabeth on October 05, 2018:

This is a load of nonsense! You cannot catch a cold from being cold!!! Only viruses cause the common cold or flu and they are indeed seasonal but is not related to actual temperature. Spend some time in Antarctica alone and you will never catch a cold as there is no one to catch the viruses from!

Citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin c among other beneficial components that are scientifically proven to be necessary for a healthy immune system. Let you and your kids eat all they can!

Rituparna on March 28, 2018:

which compound in banana causes cough and cold?

RoadMonkey on April 27, 2017:

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

yusuf on April 27, 2017:

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

Santoshi on September 16, 2016:

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..

nameless on December 25, 2015:

never ever add salt to your babies food!!!

T on October 28, 2014:

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

niva on September 16, 2014:

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

dhannyya (author) on July 04, 2012:

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

dinkan53 from India on July 04, 2012:

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.

dhannyya (author) on July 04, 2012:

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

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on July 04, 2012:

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