My daughter has a cold and I wanted to find out if we should reduce the amount of milk, etc. that we give her. I know in adults they say to avoid dairy when you have a cold but I don't want to stop giving her the nutrients, etc. that she gets from milk.
There seems to be some dissension about this.
The Mayo Clinic's response about drinking milk during a cold is geared at adults but I would guess you can extrapolate it to children:
Although drinking milk may make phlegm thicker and more irritating to your throat than it would normally be, milk doesn't cause your body to make more phlegm. In fact, frozen dairy products can soothe a sore throat and provide calories when you otherwise may not eat.
This article reviews several different studies and concludes that:
In individuals inoculated with the common cold virus, milk intake was not associated with increased nasal secretions, symptoms of cough, nose symptoms or congestion. Nevertheless, individuals who believe in the mucus and milk theory report more respiratory symptoms after drinking milk.
However, McKinley Health Center suggests that "Milk and milk products may increase congestion." (I've seen similar charts on several sites though it's unclear which studies they are basing this data on.)
answered 26 Dec '09, 19:53