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Can cold weather make babies sick?

5 doctors weighed in
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Cold weather does not make you sick, but it may seem so as there always seems to be something going "around" in winter. The exception might be babies who have respiratory problems such as asthma, where breathing cold air might trigger an episode.
Also, breathing cold air makes your nose "runny" not because you are sick, but, the nose has to create moisture when the air is cold and dry.

In brief: No

Cold weather does not make you sick, but it may seem so as there always seems to be something going "around" in winter. The exception might be babies who have respiratory problems such as asthma, where breathing cold air might trigger an episode.
Also, breathing cold air makes your nose "runny" not because you are sick, but, the nose has to create moisture when the air is cold and dry.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

No. Illnesses are caused by virused, bacteria and fungi.
They are not caused by temperature. However, certain viruses and bacteria thrive in cold months. This means you child is more likely to be exposed to these illnesses during the cold months.

In brief: No

No. Illnesses are caused by virused, bacteria and fungi.
They are not caused by temperature. However, certain viruses and bacteria thrive in cold months. This means you child is more likely to be exposed to these illnesses during the cold months.
Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Dr. Nanette Nuessle
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Cold weather generally does not make babies or children sick.
However, many viruses that cause colds, flus, croup, and lung infections are most common from october to march. Kids who go out and meet other kids in cold weather, are likely to catch some of those viruses and end up sick. A few kids get asthma attacks when the weather suddenly turns cold, so for them, cold weather makes them sick!

In brief: No

Cold weather generally does not make babies or children sick.
However, many viruses that cause colds, flus, croup, and lung infections are most common from october to march. Kids who go out and meet other kids in cold weather, are likely to catch some of those viruses and end up sick. A few kids get asthma attacks when the weather suddenly turns cold, so for them, cold weather makes them sick!
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics

In brief: No

No! being cold does not make you catch a "cold" (but don't argue with your grandmother about this!) it is a common misconception that people get sick from the weather, or not wearing warm clothes, but it's simply not true.
Colds are caused by respiratory viruses. You catch them by touching something and then rubbing your eyes or nose or mouth, allowing the virus into your system.

In brief: No

No! being cold does not make you catch a "cold" (but don't argue with your grandmother about this!) it is a common misconception that people get sick from the weather, or not wearing warm clothes, but it's simply not true.
Colds are caused by respiratory viruses. You catch them by touching something and then rubbing your eyes or nose or mouth, allowing the virus into your system.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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