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Nourish your baby the Ayurveda way

As children grow, they are exposed to various germs and microorganisms that cause disease. As much as it is exciting to watch them grow, it is disheartening to see them falling ill regularly due to all common diseases prevalent around us.

With time, such frequent suffering is known to affect the overall immunity of the child, thus making the child prone to repeated infections. This causes a lot of distress to the child as well as parents.
The most common areas of concern for parents with regard to their child’s health and well-being include growth, appetite/digestion, infections, memory, agility, and physical strength.
The common diseases affecting growing children are listed below.
  • Tonsillitis
  • Cough
  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Ear infections
  • Fever
  • Skin diseases
  • Diarrhea
  • Indigestion
  • Lack of appetite
  • Other allergies
Let’s look at some common diseases in children. Cough and cold: The most common symptoms experienced by children include cough and cold. Known to be caused by different microorganisms, repeated bouts bring down the immunity of the child and are a cause of worry to parents and discomfort to the child. Children lose out on a number of days off school due to cough and cold symptoms. An average pre-school and primary school child suffers from bouts of 3-8 coughs or colds per year. Cough in infants is commonly noted.
Diarrhoea: Again, as a result of infection or contaminated food, children frequently suffer from gastrointestinal disturbances, and frequent watery stools or diarrhoea is a common result. The microorganisms involved include protozoa, microbes, and viruses. Diarrhoea in infants is a common finding leading to doctor visits, and brings down immunity considerably.
Constipation: It gets quite distressing for the children to go through the pains of this specific symptom. Sometimes constipation is temporary, and symptoms are over a few days. However, chronic constipation may have an underlying cause, and the doctor’s advice must be sought.
Children must be brought up in a healthy environment and also fed a balanced meal and adequate supplements to enhance their immunity.
Ayurveda holds special importance in maintaining the health of the growing child. Ayurveda aims at not only healing, but also maintaining the health and well-being of an individual. Ayurveda is used for the nourishment and development of the child. It treats diseases without any side effects. Ayurvedic therapy contains preparations that build up the strength of the child to fight and prevent diseases. It also provides supplementary nutrition.
Let us look at some important Ayurvedic preparations that help nourish the child.
Chawanprash: A composition of Amla, Ashwagandha, asparagus, cardamom, cinnamon bark, clove, Indian rose chestnut, ghee, honey, raisins etc., chawanprash has anti-oxidant properties and strengthens your body's internal defense mechanism, the immune system, thereby protecting you from everyday infections, cough, cold and stress etc. It has been derived from a 2,500-year-old Ayurvedic formula, and is totally chemical-free, natural and safe. It reinforces the immune system & helps fight disease. It is an immunity booster for all age groups, diabetics, and is available in various flavours.
Badam oil is obtained from ripe kernels of Prunus Amygdalus. This 100% pure Badam Oil is extracted from best quality almonds which helps provide nourishment to dry skin, and prevents allergies. It can be consumed or applied on the body.
Aravindasava, a general tonic that helps promote growth, and prevent digestive disorders in children. It contains Kumuda, Ushira Mool, Gambhari Tvak, Neelotpala, Manjishth, Ela, Bala, Jatamansi, Mustaka, etc.
Shwaasamrit provides strength to the respiratory system and increases the immunity. It is an ayurvedic formulation for breathlessness, chronic cough, cold and bronchitis. It increases airflow in the lungs.
Dabur Janma Ghunti helps in small children for digestive system problems and also to increase immunity in them. It contains Anjeer: Good for the infant's liver, it acts as a cooling & soothing agent for the stomach and has high nutritive value.
Draksha/Kishmish: Contains essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron in an assimilable form. It is an expectorant, laxative and blood purifier, and is useful in fevers and colds arising due to thrush in children
Ajwain: Prevents flatulence, indigestion, colic dyspepsia & diarrhea
Palas Beej & Bidang: Expel intestinal worms
Vach: Prevents flatulence & loss of appetite. Useful in dyspepsia and choleric diarrhea
Amaltas: Acrts as a laxative, especially for habitual constipation
Sanai: Mild laxative, Also contains: Saunf, Unnab & Gulab Jal

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