Cold, cough and fever in kids are something we dread as parents. It’s heartbreaking to see our bundle of joy all dull and cranky, isn’t it?
We want to do the best for our kids, especially when they’re ill and vulnerable. However, there are many common myths surrounding cough, cold and fever, which confuse parents even further. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Avoid giving a bath
- Don’t allow the kid outside the house if he has cold
- Avoid dairy products like milk and curd
- Don’t give ghee
- Avoid ragi when it’s winter or cold outside
- Don’t offer banana, orange, watermelon, pomegranate or grapes
Except for a few genuine home remedies, most myths about treating kids during a cough, cold or fever are not true, especially when it comes to food. Let’s take a look at what the truth is about these myths, especially the question:
Can I give my Baby Curd, Banana, Milk during Cold, Cough, Fever?
1. Can I bathe my baby if he has cough and cold?
Usually elders advice not to give baths to babies during fever, cough and cold, it may hold good if you are planning to bath with cold water. But most of us bath our children in either hot or luke warm water. It is absolutely fine to bath the child with luke warm water. Not giving bath to the child for a long duration may exacerbate infections due to poor hygiene so try to bath the kid at least in alternative days during cold and cough. A warm bath can soothe and ease body pain and nasal congestion. It can also help in maintaining the body temperature during fever. Drying the baby thoroughly after the bath is very important. As the moisture might cause chills.
2. Can I allow my child to play outside if he has cough and cold ?
This is a very tricky question, since it largely depends on the weather and the intensity of the cold and cough of the child. If you think the child has a mild cold and the weather is amicable you can send your little one to play outside for an hour or so. But if it’s cold outside, it’s better to stay indoor as the cold weather can affect the body’s ability to fight off a cold. Please also be aware that if he has an infectious type of cold or cough he might infect his playmates as well (this is the most common reason for contracting cold in children).
3. Can I give milk, curd or ghee during cold and cough for my child?
In my childhood days, if I had cold, then my mom would ban milk till I recover completely which may be weeks 🙁
Now this is also has been proved wrong, milk and curd can be safely given to babies and children during cold and cough. There is no evidence that dairy products lead to the production of more mucus. It is safe to drink milk during cold and cough. Milk has high energy and nutrition, which can help to fight against infections. Adding ginger powder/ turmeric milk masala/ Masala milk magic in milk can soothe and protect against seasonal illnesses like cold, cough and fever.
Here is more information about The Milk Mucus Belief.
Curd is loaded with vitamin C, B12, calcium and phosphorous. It is the best to boost the gut health. Curd can be given during winters too, it is good to treat cold and cough and also keeps the body hydrated. However according to Ayurveda curd can be avoided at night as it might have chilling effect on the body which can lead to mucus development. The best way to give curd is to season it (Tadka) with jeera, curry leaves and ginger. And it has to be in room temperature.
Ghee is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 9 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, D, E and K. They are packed with both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which would help in boosting the immunity and also help in maintaining the gut health. Ghee helps to sooth cold by providing warmth to the body.
According to Nutritionist Dhvani Shah: “Ghee is one of the most nutritious Indian foods. It is therapeutic in Nature, helps line the lungs, prevent infection, prevent dry cough and throw out mucous from the body”.
4. Can I give my baby ragi during cold and cough?
Ragi and Bajra are good winter foods. Ragi can be given to babies and children during cough and cold. Ragi is rich in fiber, protein and calcium. They are loaded with amino acids like Eleusinian, tryptophan, cysteine, methionine and total aromatic amino acids that are rarely found in other grains. Ragi helps to regulate the body temperature and keeps it warm. So it’s completely safe and good to feed ragi even during cold and cough.
5. Can I give bananas, grapes, watermelon, oranges during cold and cough to my child?
It has been programmed into our brain that “No fruits during cold and cough in Children” and many of us follow blindly. This is a myth that has been proved wrong now.
It has been proved scientifically that increase in fruits rich in vitamin C are in fact protective against cold and cough in children. This doesn’t mean that that you stuff your children with fruits when they have, consumption of fruits in moderation is the ideal way to combat cough and cold.
The fruits can be given in the first half of the day
Research articles emphasizing the protective & beneficial effects of fruits in cough and cold
According to our Homeopathic Expert Dr Bhavi Mody, fruits can be safely given during cough and cold, especially fruits rich in Vitamin C.
If you are still worried about banana causing cold for your baby, you can try our Raw Kerala Banana Powder for babies which can be given even during the cold season. You can also try other baby foods that include Raw Kerala banana like Banana Rice Cereal, Banana Wheat Cereal and Banana Oatmeal.
Note: As we always insist, each and every kid is unique and one food which perfectly suits for a kid might not be suitable for the other kid. So following a food diary can help in finding the triggers of cold and cough and to avoid them.
6. Can I give my baby ghee during cough and cold?
According to Nutritionist Dhvani Shah, “Ghee is one of the most nutritious Indian foods. It is therapeutic in Nature, helps line the lungs, prevent infection, prevent dry cough and throw out mucous from the body”.