Ayurveda has a specialized branch of Pediatric Medicine known as Baala Tantra or Kaumarabritya. It deals with care of child i.e. maintenance of health and treatment of ailments from conception till the maturity. Ayurveda advises some simple, natural wisdom to keep kids healthy and happy. It has a beautiful explanation of Samskaras used in Vedic period till date.
Care of children starts right from the womb by emphasizing emotional and nutritional needs of the pregnant lady. Particular diet and routine is advised every month to ensure proper growth and development of the fetus. Lady is advised to follow Satvic diet so that the child in future becomes Satvic. During the 6th month of pregnancy herbs like Shankhapushpi, Brahmi and Mandukaparni are given to stimulate the brain and nervous system.
Each child is born with their own unique proportion of Vata, Pitta and Kapha which is called Prakriti or constitution. This explains why each child has different psychological and physical needs. Depending on the Prakriti we know the possible health problems prone in the future. Accordingly we need to adjust his/her daily routine and diet to prevent them from any diseases and to strengthen their Immune System.
A daily Abhyanga (oil massage) boosts children's immunity, calms their nervous system provides a layer of protection from diseases and infections. After delivery breast milk is compulsory recommended until 1-2 years. This gives complete nutrition and immunity to the infant. At the age of 4-5 months the diet should consists of liquid made with Sasti Shali (old rice) with Ghee and salt. Powders of wheat and barley are also used. Each month Ayurveda advises a different diet which is wholesome for the proper development of the child.
Maharishi Ayurveda suggests Aravindasava and Saraswatarishta for children after 1 year to increase their digestive capacity, memory and intelligence. Swarnaprashana Vidhi: This is a special method where certain Medhya Rasayanas (brain tonics) like purified Gold Bhasma are given to children on a specific Nakshatra Day i.e. Pushya Nakshatra in a specific way. By this method the brain development takes place in an active manner and increases memory, intelligence and creativity in the child. This is an Ayurvedic Immunization Programme. Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital is availing this opportunity every month.
Maharishi Ayurveda suggests 'Herbonic' an energy booster to add in milk for children to stimulate Agni, improve digestion and nutrient absorption. It suggests practicing Transcendental Meditation for children of 4 years and above. Researchers have found that it improves attention, behavior regulation, emotional control, memory, organizing skills and reduces stress and anxiety.