diet for a sick baby

The climatic conditions all around are rapidly changing and the most common query in every parenting group is what foods can be offered when a baby is sick. Baby’s sickness is the most dreadful pain for me to even hear about and the intensity has increased after entering motherhood. I become so upset to even know any baby is sick. So you can imagine how mad I go when my son is sick. Any sickness/illness be it fever,cold,cough,diarrhea,vomiting has its own duration to get cured. With all super medicines,proper diet  and heavenly care we can help a baby feel comfortable and try not to let the conditions worsen. One of the mommies in a reader’s group suggested me to write a detailed note of all recipes I have been suggesting for sick babies. That’s the reason behind this article. This is just sharing of my knowledge and PLEASE DON’T TAKE THIS AS AN EQUIVALENT TO ANY EXPERT MEDICAL ADVICE. Always follow your motherly intuition,baby’s cues and doctor’s recommendations. As of now I am putting down recipes of rice gruel(sadam vadicha kanji),broken rice porridge(noi kanji/arisi udaicha kanji),idly ,tomato soup and rasam. I shall keep this section updated as and when I acquire more knowledge and keep sharing. Hence PLEASE BOOKMARK THIS PAGE to stay tuned.

diet for a sick babyBREAST FEED/FORMULA FEED:

There is no better food than breast feed or formula feed for babies below 6 months. Do not even try to feed water before six months. Whenever a baby is sick,please try to breastfeed as much as possible. Irrespective of the type of sickness breastfeed will heal and soothe baby. There is no equivalent food to breastfeed.


Rice gruel is nothing but the excess water which can be drained out when you open cook rice. This can be given to babies above 6 months(without salt) in lukewarm temperature when they are suffering from feverdiarrhea / vomitting. Keep offering few spoons for babies below 2 years in regular intervals as per demand. This will help in soothing the chest congestion,keep baby hydrated and help in flushing out infections. Avoid offering this on a regular basis.



Rice-1 cup

Water-4 cups

Rice gruel


1.Wash and soak rice for 10 minutes.

2.Heat water in a vessel and let it boil.

3.When it boils well add the rice.

4.Keep stirring occasionally to check the cooking.

5.When the rice s completely cooked, drain the excess water.

6.Serve it lukewarm .

Rice gruelNote:

Rice gruel shouldn’t be offered on a regular basis to babies especially in the initial stages of weaning as recent studies reveal they tend to replace the most nutritious breastmilk.

The rice should be completely cooked.

Add water double the times of what you add usually to pressure cook.


This can be offered when a baby is down with fever/cough/cold/loose stools/vomiting. This has the power to flush out the infections quick and make baby feel energetic. This can be offered to babies above six months(without salt till one year)


Rice-1/4 cup

broken rice kanji


1.Wash and rinse rice well.

2.Dry it in a cloth or sun dry it.

3.In a mixer jar,add the rice and give it a run.

4.Repeat if rice remains whole.

5.Now pressure cook the half broken rice with double water quantity for 5 whistles.

6.Release the pressure and mash the rice well.

7.You can either serve the watery part or mashed rice with liquid depending on age and comfort.

broken rice kanji


You can also break the rice and then wash before cooking instead of drying.

Adding salt to this for one year plus is recommended for better results.

This shouldn’t be given on a regular basis.

Broken rice porridge and rice gruel might resemble the same.


Any warm soup with no oil and much spices may be given when baby has fever/cold/cough. This will help baby feel warm and also remove the congestion.



  • Tomato-1
  • Carrot-1/2(optional)
  • Pepper-2 or a pinch pepper powder
  • Cumin seeds-1/4 tsp

tomato soup


1.Blanch tomatoes and peel the skin.

2.Steam cook carrot.

3.In a mixer jar,add all ingredients and blend well.

4.To the mashed veggies add half cup of water and let it boil.

5.Add salt and serve it luke warm.

tomato soup


You can skip carrot if you wish

Adjust pepper as per your baby’s taste buds.

Avoid salt for babies less than one year.

The thickness of the soup is your choice.Hence turn off the gas accordingly.


Rasam is an essential daily accompaniment for rice in my family. Including rasam in your daily diet and baby’s daily diet post 8 months will help improve digestion and immunity. When climate begins to fluctuate my mother even advises to have half cup of rasam as such on a daily basis for kids and adults.

Check out various rasam recipes here below:

Home made rasam powder

Instant rasam with rasam powder

Coriander garlic rasam

Instant garlic rasam


Idly-The best breakfast option I would call. If your baby is ready to have solids , you can feed idlies made of fresh home made batter with luke warm rasam/mild sambhar when baby is ill with fever/cold/cough. When baby has loose stools feed idly mashed in curd or buttermilk

Check recipe of home made idly here.

Wishing the little munchkin a very speedy recovery 🙂

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These foods are general recommendations based on my knowledge,experience and elder’s advice. I am not an expert. Kindly have a word with your doctor before introducing any new food to your little one. Each baby is unique and each baby needs unique treatment and recovery methods. Please do not force feed baby.


  1. Hi Kalyani

    Thank you very much for sharing these with the rest of the world 🙂

    My baby 16months, has tummy bug due to her first time in nursery.. I was clueless and remembered your post on FB and came here. I am going to offer her rice ganji and rasam… Very greatful to you for sharing this post.

    Have a good day


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