Many parents are worried about what to feed during cold, cough in kids as children have a lack of appetite during this phase. But a wholesome small meal and easily digestible diet are 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 recover from this phase quickly. Let's get on to check the list of foods and recipes that 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 the 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.
How to feed your baby or toddler when he has a cold and cough?
- For baby's younger than six months, only breastfeeding or formula feeding is recommended during cold, cough and fever.
- For babies above six 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) to prevent the baby from dehydration.
- Give your toddler ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution) if your pediatrician prescribed the same.
Foods to offer during cold & cough in babies, toddlers, and Kids:
Drinks or Beverages:
1. Breastfeeding (0 Months+) :
Breastfeeding is much recommended when the baby is sick, as antibodies in breast milk help to fight the baby's illness and also it is easily digested. It's especially important when your baby is less than six months.
If the baby has a runny nose and congested, breastfeeding the baby is a little tricky, hence feed the baby in upright position & try using saline drops (after consulting with the doctor) to clear out a runny nose before breastfeeding. That might help the baby to take the feed.
2. Barley Water (6 Months+):
3. Rice Gruel (6 Months+):
4. Turmeric Milk with pepper & palm candy (1 year +):
5. Dry ginger coffee or chukku kappi (2 years +):
6. Besan Sheera (10 Months +):
7. Vegetable Clear Soup (8 Months+):
8. Chicken Clear Soup (9 Months+):
9. Vegetables Dal Soup (7 Months+):
10. Mutton bone clear Soup/lamb trotter soup (9 Months+):
11. Apple & Carrot Soup (6 Months+):
12. Tomato Soup (8 months +):
13. Mushroom Soup (1 year +):
Fruits and Vegetables:
14. Stewed Apple (6 Months+):
15. Steamed Mashed Nendran Bananas (6 Months+):
16. Pomegranate Juice (6 Months+):
17. Mashed white Potatoes (8 Months+):
18. Sweet Potatoes (6 Months +):
Below are the recipes for sweet potato mash and porridge recipes.
19. Broccoli (8 Months +):
20. Carrots (6 Months+):
21.citrus fruits (10 Months +):
22. Vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables:
Vitamin C rich foods help to increase the production of antibodies and white blood cells which helps to fight the infection. It does not only help to get rid of the cold but also helps in preventing.
- Offer fruits as a puree or cut fruits or make juice with lukewarm water or as a smoothie with coconut milk.
- Offer vegetables as steamed or mashed
Fruits that are rich in Vitamin C:
Vegetables that are rich in Vitamin C:
- White potatoes
- Sweet potatoes
- Bell peppers
- Green peas
Wholesome & Filling Foods:
23. Moong dal Khichdi (7 Months+):
24. Curd Rice (8 Months+):
25. Oatmeal Porridge (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 a sore throat. Check out oatmeal porridge recipe here (you could make it without milk for a lighter version)
26. Dalia Porridge (8 Months+):
Dalia porridge is another soft food you could prefer feeding your baby when he is sick. It's 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+):
29. Idiyappam (8 Months+):
30. Rice Porridge (6 Months+):
32. Suji Upma (8 Months+):
Foods to avoid during cold and cough:
- Avoid citrus fruits if your child has a sore throat.
- Avoid milk if your baby is on antibiotics and the doctor advised the same.
- Sweetened drinks or carbonated drinks like soda
- Dry fruits and nuts
- Refined Sugar
- Spicy and oily foods
Also, Check out the below links for 6 - 11 months Homemade Baby food recipes
- 6 months Baby food recipes
- 7 months Baby food recipes
- 8 months Baby food recipes
- 9 months Baby food recipes
- 10 months Baby food recipes
- 11 months Baby food recipes
- The information provided here are guidelines and doesn't replace medical advice.
- Kindly seek doctors to help if symptoms persist.
- Consult with your doctor as soon as possible if your baby's cough is wheezy and has an ear infection.
- Check with your doctor immediately if your baby is dehydrated, as dehydration leads to dangerous effects. A doctor may help you to determine the cause of the problem and treat it.
- Make sure you have introduced each food separately 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.