Babies and Ayurveda

I enjoy reading and learning various therapies which can help human kind and the more I learn new things, the more I apply those in my daily life. Well, I am single right now and blank towards my future but having information on how to take care of babies through Ayurvedic medicines not only enhances my knowledge which will be useful when I will be a mother but also helps me to share it with my fellow girl friends who are now blessed mothers.
Since, I enjoy sharing what I learn here I go with my leanings of Ayurvedic treatments for young babies.
First of all, plenty of people might not be aware of what Ayurveda is… Let me clear the concept first.
Ayurveda is the traditional Hindu system of medicine (incorporated in Atharva Veda, the last of the four Vedas), which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.
Ayurveda has 8 ways of diagnosis. They are Pulse, Urine, Stool, Tongue, Speech, Touch, Vision, and Appearance.
Ayurveda states that a balance of three elemental substances Dosha is health and imbalance as disease. The dosha are three and they are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. One Ayurvedic theory states that each human possesses a unique combination of these doshas that define that person’s temperament and characteristics. Each person has a natural state, or natural combination of these three elements, and should seek balance by modulating their behavior or environment. In this way they can increase or decrease the doshas they lack or in abundance of respectively. Another view, present in the ancient literature, states that dosha equality is identical to health, and that persons with imbalance of dosha are proportionately unhealthy, and that this is not their natural state. Prakriti is one of the important concepts in Ayurveda.
The concept of childcare in Ayurveda is ‘complete or ‘all-encompassing’, taking into account all elements that could potentially impact a child’s health. Ayurvedic texts outline health measures starting from pre-conception, antenatal care for the mother and fetus, right through to childbirth, baby’s growth and development until adolescence.
There are a number of diseases that occur in children. Conditions like tonsillitis, cough, asthma, sinusitis, ear infections, fever, skin diseases, diarrhea, indigestion, lack of appetite, attention deficit disorder and emotional disorders can be taken care through Ayurvedic treatments. As children have weak immunity and their body is very delicate, it is advised to give them small doses of herbs. Herbs are given in the form of decoction, fresh juice, powder mixed with honey or milk. Medicated ghee and oil are also used generally for external use. Rasa shastra medicines mainly those containing metal bhasms and mercury should not be given to children…
As a primarily botanical healing system, Ayurveda recommends the use of herbs and herbal compositions for various health conditions. For example, the combination of Thyme-Leaved Gatriola (Brahmi), Calamus (Vacha) and Bindweed (Shankhapushpi) with Honey and Ghee improves overall immunity and intelligence in children. Similarly, Celery (Ajamoda) and Cumin (Jeeraka) are potent digestives and are beneficial in the treatment of colic. Indian Gooseberry (Amalaki) relieves respiratory problems, Turmeric (Haridra) and Neem (Nimba) alleviates skin disorders, while Pomegranate (Dadima) and Ginger (Sunthi) are recommended for treating diarrhea and nausea, respectively.
Oil massage plays an important role in baby’s growth. Various benefits of oil massage have been also been recorded in recent times. Ayurvedic texts refer to massage or Abhyanga with oils of herbs like Country Mallow (Bala) and Sesame (Tila) to protect baby’s skin against topical infections. Bathwater should also be disinfected with herbal extracts of Sandal (Chandana) and Banyan Tree (Vata), which are fragrant and possess antimicrobial properties respectively.
Mental development of a child is extremely important in Ayurveda. The concept of Balagraha lists herbal solutions for common mental and psychosomatic disturbances that could affect children. Inclusion of aromatic herbs such as Rasana (Pluchealanceolata) and Spikenard (Jatamansi) are recommended in massage oils and bath water to soothe, relax and calm young children like Dabur Lal Tail is an Ayurvedic Baby massage oil made from time tested ayurvedic ingredients which has many proven benefits for the Baby. Its massage helps in strengthening baby’s bones and muscles and is proven safe and effective for better overall physical growth of babies. Tonics orrasayanas like  Dabour Chyavanaprasha( which I would personally recommend as it is the best in the market and I take it too during winters), which contains Thyme-Leaved Gatriola (Brahmi) and Indian Pennywort (Madukaparni) amongst others, enhances a child’s concentration ability and intelligence. In fact, recent research studies have found that Thyme-Leaved Gatriola and Indian Pennywort are indeed beneficial in maintaining cognitive functions, improving memory and learning abilities.
The holistic interpretation of health propagated by Ayurveda ensures that child is healthy, both mentally and physically. I hope the above mentioned information helps your babies too… but hey do take remedies after consulting an ayurvedic expert. Thanks for giving your time in reading what I shared with you all.