Having kids is the best and cutest part of life but in irony, parenting is also the toughest job. A kid’s health is the topmost concern for the parents. Ayurveda can make parenting easy in terms of health. When small babies or infants don’t feel well due to any so reason they express their feeling by crying. We are supposed to understand the reason for the cry, but finding the exact cause is difficult for all new parents.
So, in this article, I want to give some relief to parents by suggesting easy Ayurvedic home remedies for curing their babies and kids for common illnesses.
Disclaimer – This article is for informational purposes only. In case of medical emergency, please contact your pediatrician first.
Now before we start, I would like to brief you about some basic concepts of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda considers that every living being constitutes of three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Seven Dhatus (bodybuilding blocks) i.e Rasa, Rakta, Mamsa, Meda, Asthi, Majja and Shukra represents plasma, blood, muscles, fat, bones, bone marrow, and sperm respectively. Vata dosha resembles air and free space in the environment; Pitta dosha resembles fire elements and Kapha dosha resembles water and earth elements in the environment. Hence they can cause some health issues if there is an imbalance due to a few reasons like:
Common signs of a Vata imbalance are gas, bloating and constipation. When Pitta dosha is aggravated, it causes acidity, loose motions, and vomiting. Kapha imbalance causes issues of indigestion, cold, and cough.
The biggest fear for most parents is common cough & cold. Since small kids have weaker immune systems; making them susceptible to cold. This follows with the question of how to prevent it?
Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Cold and Cough
You can keep peeled garlic of about a fist full quantity beside the pillow of kids. It should be wrapped in a cotton cloth for safety. The inhaled smell of the garlic prevents the deposition of Kapha dosha in the chest which inturn prevents cold and cough.
The only issue with garlic is it has an unpleasant odor that may not be liked by mothers. Anyone allergic or not comfortable using the garlic can also use kapur balls (Camphor). Camphor has a pleasant odor and can also be kept beside pillows. Make sure to wrap them in a piece of cloth for safety reasons.
Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Stomach Pain
The next problem which is common in all small kids and infants is stomach pain. New mothers can chew roasted Ajwain (Carom) seeds. It not only helps with colic pain in breastfeeding babies but also increasing breastmilk for new lactating moms.
For kids 5 yrs+, 1 pinch of Hing (Asafoetida) powder roasted in ghee can be consumed with 1 glass of lukewarm water. But for infants, applying the paste of Hing (asafoetida) powder around the navel areas on the stomach can really help with gas and stomach pain.
When the restlessness is gone – babies give a burp or pass flatulence or pass urine indicating the removal of gases; even they can pass motions to remove the excess Vata deposition.
In infants, vomiting can be because of overfeeding or indigestion. It is very important to burp infants after each feeding session to avoid reflux and vomiting. Remember, spit ups are normal after the burps.
Last but not least is the issue of kids not eating properly. Every mom at some point has this complaint that their child is not eating food properly. To increase hunger or their interest in the food, you can add a very little quantity of sour juices like pomegranate, grapes, or kokum in their food. These citric fruits improve digestion as well as stimulates the appetite.
Milk and ghee is a very important part of nutrition and should be administered only after the 1st birthday of your child.
Hope this article will make you more aware of natural Ayurvedic home remedies. But again, home remedies are for some common illnesses which can be managed at home. For major illnesses and fever always consult doctors.