Baby congestion is uncomfortable for your little one and can make life miserable for you both. Learn which foods may help relieve baby’s congestion and those you should avoid.
There are few things quite as pitiful as watching your baby struggle with congestion. It’s horrible to see him snuffling away as he tries to eat and drink – and it can make him very miserable. It can also lead to interrupted sleep for the both of you – making an unhappy situation even worse!
Fortunately, you may be able to help your little one to a certain extent by reviewing his diet. There are certain foods that are believed to be mucus-forming and may aggravate congestion – whilst other foods may help relieve it.
If your little one has started solids, try cutting back on those foods identified as ‘problem’ foods in terms of congestion – and increasing those that are believed to help!
Please note: The following food lists are given as a guide only and should not be treated as medical advice. The foods listed are those which we and other parents have noted may cause a worsening of congestion in our little ones.
If congestion is causing severe breathing or feeding problems for your baby, then it is VERY important that you speak to your doctor.
On most occasions, baby congestion is caused by a cold or even hay fever. But long term congestion with no sign of a cold or infection may indicate a food allergy, so you should discuss this possibility with your child’s doctor (source: Allergist – Children’s Allergies).
Also, be sure to continue giving your baby homemade baby food – artificial preservatives, colours and flavours are also believed to contribute to congestion.