Soups And Common Cold(for older babies) – Does It Soothe The Symptoms

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There is no complete remedy for colds. It is the harsh truth. All you can do is to take steps to reduce the severity of the symptoms. Soups are generally recommended to soothe the symptoms of cold. Do soups really work?

Science and researches have not yet confirmed that soup is a key to improving the symptoms of cold. However, doctors and nutrition experts say that soups do help because of the following reasons.

1) Soups help in decreasing inflammation and congestion

Ingredients in soup like garlic, onions and pepper etc. are natural antioxidants and help in reducing inflammation which in turn reduces the symptoms of cold.

Chicken soup has the property of reducing congestion. How is it possible? Chicken contains an amino acid called cysteine. It has anti viral, anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It breaks apart the mucus and alleviates congestion.

Capsaicin in pepper helps in healing sore throats.

Garlic is nature’s antibiotic.

Ginger is a natural anti inflammatory ingredient. It gives relief from pains like throat pain, body ache and headache related to colds.

2) The heat of the soup has healing properties

It is a medically proven fact that hot liquids help in soothing cold symptoms. A clinical study was conducted to find out the effects of hot liquids to alleviate the symptoms of cold. The subjects who participated in the study were divided into two groups. The subjects in one group were given a hot drink. The subjects in the other group were given the same drink in room temperature. The researchers concluded that subjects who drank hot drink demonstrated better relief of symptoms than the subjects who drank it in the room temperature. Hence, it is proven that when you give hot soups to your babies it will surely help them.

3) Soups keep the children hydrated

Doctors say that it is important to keep your children hydrated when they are suffering from colds. When the kids are not well hydrated, the mucus turns into hard cement like substance. It becomes very difficult to get rid of hardened mucus. On the other hand when the kids are well hydrated the mucus gets loosened up and starts to move around. This makes it easier for you and the baby to clear it.

4) Soups are easily digestible

The ingredients in the soups are well cooked. The fiber in the vegetables and other ingredients is tenderized making soups easily digestible.

5) Soups are packed with nutrients

A soup is a well balanced diet with several nutrients. None of the vitamins and minerals is lost from the ingredients of the soup. A wholesome soup will provide the nutrients needed by your child. It improves your child’s immunity and helps in giving quick relief from cold.

Soups are not only helpful in alleviating the symptoms of cold but also are helpful in building the immunity and preventing your child from catching frequent colds. Build their immunity with hot soups.

Light Soup Recipes To Feed Your Child With Cold Symptoms

Here are a few recommended  child-friendly soup recipes from nutritionists to feed your child when he has a cold.

1) Clear mixed vegetable soup


  • Carrot (grated) – 1
  • French beans (minced) –  a few, say, 5 or 6
  • Beat root (grated) – Half
  • Tomato (chopped) – 1
  • Garlic – 1 clove
  • Small onions (chopped) – 4
  • Ladies finger (chopped) – 4
  • Peas – ¼ cup
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Salt and pepper to taste

(You can add any seasonal vegetables of your choice but adding carrots and peas give a good taste to the soup).


Cook all ingredients for about 15 minutes in a pressure cooker in slow flame. When cooked, mash the vegetables with a wooden spoon. Strain and then add a little pepper and salt. Don’t add too much of pepper. Serve when it is warm.

2) Thick mixed vegetable soup

The ingredients and the method are the same except for one variation. When the ingredients are cooked and cooled down, you should pass them in a blender instead of straining. The benefit of thick soup is that the fiber content is not lost in this method.

Note: This soup is not suitable for small children because the fiber content makes it a little difficult for digesting.

3) Clear chicken soup


  • Chicken – 100 g
  • Garlic – 3 to 4 cloves
  • Small onions – 5 to 6
  • Pepper corns – 4 to 5
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Cook all ingredients in a pressure cooker for about 20 minutes in slow flame. Strain the broth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm. (You can skip pepper because you have already added pepper corns to the soup).

Note: Chicken provides protein content to the soup. If you want it to make nutritious with vitamins and minerals, you can add chopped vegetables with chicken.

4) Vegetable pulse (dal) soup


  • Moong dal or split green gram – ¼ cup
  • Chopped vegetables – 1 cup
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Salt and pepper to taste

(The chopped vegetables can be of your choice including carrots, French beans, cabbage, ladies finger and peas etc.)


Cook all ingredients in a pressure cooker for about 15 minutes in slow flame. When cooked blend in a blender and serve warm after adding salt and pepper.

Note: Moong dal is packed with protein. This makes this soup a wholesome food. Avoid adding other pulses like Bengal gram and red gram because they are not as easily digestible as split green gram.

5) Tomato soup


  • Tomatoes (Finely chopped) – 3
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Small onions – 4 to 5
  • Pepper corns – 3
  • Cumin seeds (jeera) – ¼ tsp
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Cook all ingredients in a pressure cooker. When cooked, strain the broth. Add salt and pepper. Serve warm.

Note : Tomatoes are a rich source of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps in building immunity that facilitates quick recovery from cold.

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