Trying to feed a baby who is suffering from a bad cold could pose quite a challenge. So, what does one do in such a situation? Here are some foods that can make your little one feel better.
By Ashwin Dewan
Is your child suffering from a runny or stuffy nose? Has she started to sneeze continuously? Chances are, she has a cold. Often, in such a situation, parents reach for the nearest bottle of medicine or make their child take a tablet. But, did you know there are certain foods that can help as well?
In fact, foods are as essential as medicine in contributing to the quick recovery of a sick toddler. In this article, we look at the top 6 cough-fighting foods that can help a toddler suffering from cold.
It is a known fact that the more you drink liquids such as soup and water, the faster the cold will pass. It is no different for a toddler. Loaded with Vitamin C, a bowl of steaming tomato soup is ideal for treating cold in toddlers.
Note: Tomatoes are also full of antioxidants that boost immunity.
Honey has many medicinal properties, one of which is curing a cold. Give your toddler warm water mixed with a spoonful of honey. This will help in clearing the accumulated mucus and soothe the irritation arising from a sore throat.
Note: Honey is not to be given to babies under the age of one year
Ginger tea is one of the most effective and inexpensive treatments for a common cold. A natural antiviral, ginger helps to induce perspiration and lowers the body temperature. Ginger tea also acts as a decongestant that aids in relieving the symptoms of a cold. Pre.
Toddlers can even be given a piece of ginger to chew.
Note: Ginger tea is ideal for toddlers who are aged 1 year and above.
Khichdi is a dish made of rice, pulses and spices. One nourishing and healthy food item that helps in curing a cold is ginger and garlic khichdi, which gives a slight twist to the humble khichdi.
Note: This comfort food is, however, only recommended for babies of 7 months and above.
The humble onion is more useful than we think because of its natural anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antiviral properties. Onions are loaded with anti-microbial compounds called Allicin, which help in fighting a cold.
Note: Add a little grated raw onion to soups and sandwiches if your toddler is unable to eat them directly.
Turmeric milk is one of the best tonics to give to toddlers suffering from cold and cough due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties. A common household remedy for cold, it provides instant relief from respiratory problems such as a dry cough.
Note: Further, turmeric milk has anti-inflammatory properties that battle chest congestion.
Cold and cough in toddlers are not serious problems. However, if not taken proper care of, a cold can lead to serious infections such as strep throat and bronchitis. But, with the right combination of good food, care and appropriate medicine, babies with cold will recover quickly and there is nothing to worry.
While modern medicine offers many medications for the treatment of cough and cold, there are many remedies in Ayurveda as well. All these are not only time-tested but made from naturally available herbs and, thus, free of any side effects.
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