Many parents are worried about what to feed during cold, cough in kids as children has lack of appetite during this phase. But a wholesome small meals and easily digestible diet is recommended to fight the infection and recover well. Talk to your baby’s doctor on these food options and plan a diet, also follow your baby’s cues and feed your baby which helps to quickly recover from this phase. Let’s get on to check the list of foods and recipes can be given during cold, cough and fever.
Bookmark this page for future reference as I will be updating this post on a regular basis. Click on each thumbnail image given below for the recipes. Choose recipes according to your baby’s age which is mentioned in the brackets along with recipe heading. Please refer to the notes section given at the end of post for the key points to remember before offering these foods to your baby during cold, cough and fever.
Please read here on home remedies for cold and cough and more information on cold in children and when to see a doctor.
- For baby’s younger than 6 months, only breastfeeding or formula feeding is recommended during cold, cough and fever.
- For babies above 6 months, Give small and frequent meals.Prefer easily digestible foods, no oily & spicy foods.
- Don’t force the baby to eat, instead try to offer the foods he/she prefers.
- Make sure to give enough fluids like water, warm soups, fresh fruit juices (made with lukewarm water) in order to prevent the baby from dehydration.
- Give your toddler ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution) if your pediatrician prescribed the same.
Drinks or Beverages:
Breastfeeding is much recommended when the baby is sick, as antibodies in the breast milk helps to fight the baby illness and also it is easily digested. It’s especially important when your baby is less than 6 months.
If baby has runny nose and congested, breastfeeding the baby is little difficult, hence feed the baby in upright position & try using saline drops (after consulting with doctor) to clear out the runny nose before breastfeeding. That might help the baby to take the feed.
6. Besan Sheera (10 Months +):
7. Vegetable Clear Soup (8 Months+):
Fruits and Vegetables:
Below are the recipes of sweet potato mash and porridge recipes.
Vitamin C rich foods helps to increase the production of antibodies and white blood cells which helps to fight the infection. It’s not only helps to get rid of cold but also helps in preventing.
- Offer fruits as puree or cut fruits or make juice with lukewarm water or as smoothie with coconut milk.
- Offer vegetables as steamed or mashed
- White potatoes
- Sweet potatoes
- Bell peppers
- Green peas
24. Curd Rice (8 Months+):
Oatmeal porridge is a soft and easily digestible food for kids who are suffering from cold and fever. Also it’s very easy to swallow when the child has sore throat. Check out oatmeal porridge recipe here (you could make it without milk for a lighter version)
Dalia porridge is an another soft food you could prefer feeding your baby when he is sick. Its easy to swallow and coat a painful throat while providing nutrition. Check out dalia porridge/ broken wheat porridge recipe here (make it without milk for easier digestion)
27. Sabudhana (7 Months+):
Foods to avoid during cold and cough:
- Avoid citrus fruits if your child has sore throat.
- Avoid milk if your baby is on antibiotics and doctor advised the same.
- Sweetened drinks or carbonated drinks like soda
- Dry fruits and nuts
- Refined Sugar
- Spicy and oily foods
- The information provided here are guidelines and doesn’t replace medical advice.
- Kindly seek doctors help if symptoms persists.
- Consult with your doctor as soon as possible if your baby’s cough is wheezy and has ear infection.
- Check with your doctor immediately if your baby is dehydrated, as dehydration leads to dangerous effects. Doctor may help you to determine the cause of the problem and treat it.
- Make sure you have introduced each food separate and checked for allergies.
- Avoid honey, milk, salt or sugar for babies below one year.
- Always check with your pediatrician before including any food in your baby’s diet.