Many parents when they bring their child for consultation tell me, my child ate ice cream 2 days ago and now he has cold, cough and fever. Usually I tell the parents that the ice cream is not the cause but these infections are due to viruses or bacteria, but many parents are not convinced that this is not due to ice cream.
There is no scientific evidence that ice cream and cold drinks cause fever or cold. In fact many people recommend taking ice cream when one has sore throat to ease the pain. Of course one problem about ice creams and cold drinks is that as these items are calorie rich and thus can be the cause of too much weight gain.
So whether you should allow your child to eat ice cream or not is your decision. Not giving him ice cream will not do any harm except the fact you are not giving what he loves to eat.
Dr Raj Rani Mitra