For centuries Ayurveda is especially dedicated to the health of children. Ayurvedic preparations have been using it for building a healthy body and a sharp mind, from the stage of childhood to adulthood.
With special emphasis on baby care, Ayurveda emphasizes the use of certain medications and tonics that can develop immunity power, intelligence in children and protect them from various kinds of diseases.
In Ayurveda childcare begins along before the child is actually born. In the branch of Ayurveda known as Bala Tantra or Kaumarabhritya, have shown how to deals with the care of children. It is one of the eight branches of Ayurveda that are dedicated to this topic. That Includes care of newborn, infant feeding, clinical examination, dentition, management of childhood illnesses, and the principles of treatment and therapies in children.
The Management of Childhood Illnesses in Ayurveda is based on its etiology, signs and symptoms, and possible complications.Today a large number of people are turning to herbal medicines and ayurvedic tonics, in order to protect their children from disease. Below is some information about Ayurvedic childcare tips.
1. Establish a healthy living daily routine
It plays an important role for healthy life of child. Daily routine like ware up early, sleep early and eat in harmony with the rhythms of nature is the foundation of good health. In this way children can feel a sense of security, confidence and stress free when they know what to expect from one day to another.
2. Importance of play
This is one of the most important aspects of childhood; it has been widely described in the texts of Ayurveda. It gives a complete description of a playground for children and the kind of toys to be given. Childhood is a carefree period in life and it is important that the child is able to play freely in a safe environment. Play makes them to explore the world around them and learn some of the basic facts of life.
3. Mental development
The mental development of a child is very important in Ayurveda. The concept of Balagraha lists the herbal solutions for mental disorders and psychosomatic issues that can affect children. The inclusion of herbs like rasana (Pluchealanceolata) and Nardo (Jatamansi) is recommended in massage oils and bath water to soothe, relax and calm young children.
4. Give warm baby oil massage
baby massage oil plays an important role in the growth of the baby. There are several benefits of massage oil that have also been recorded in recent times. Ayurvedic texts refer to Abhyanga massage oils or herbs such as Country Mallow (Atibala) and sesame (Tila) to protect baby’s skin against topical infections. Bathwater should also be disinfected with various herbal extracts such as Banyan Tree (Vata) and Sandal (Chandana) that are full of fragrant having antimicrobial properties.
5. Healthy hot milk drinks
Ayurveda recognizes milk as nurturing that provides “ojas”. Non-homogenized raw milk, organic whole cooked with spices like cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, saffron, date and sugar with a little ghee in it is easily digestible. A cup before bedtime balances emotions and induces sleep.
6. Honey ginger remedy
There are many ayurvedic medicine that work as antioxidant, honey and ginger are one of them. Raw organic honey helps to expectorate excess mucus and ginger juice maintains Agni or so called digestive fire. A daily teaspoon of this combination can prevent common flu, colds, and allergies; one can also add a pinch of turmeric.
7. Fresh and green or wholesome foods
Feeding children with nutritious meals is helpful for the healthy growth of child. The food such as vegetable soups, hot cereals, jams and kitchari provide nutrients that are easily digested. It is necessary to introduce small pinches of digestive spices such as fennel, cinnamon, cumin, turmeric and coriander to remove toxins from body
Remember: Every child is born with its own uniform percentage of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. To better understand an individual’s dosha and specific health problems, please consult a certified Ayurvedic doctor.