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CHILD HEALTH, NUTRITION AND AYURVEDA

Dr. Yogesh Choukikar* and Dr. Shrinidhi Kumar K.

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Kaumarbhritya is known for ensuring proper growth and development of the child to have healthy and prosperous future life. Ahara plays key role in nourishing the Sharira, Mana, and Atma. During first six months of infancy, exclusive breast milk feeding and later onwards supplementary and complimentary food will take case of nutrition and caloric requirement of growing baby. Failure of timely introduction of complimentary food obviously results in down fall of growth and development and as a consequence of malnutrition. Timely introduction of fruit and vegetables, to fulfill the macro and micro nutrients requirement of growing baby should be kept in mind. As child is in a position to receive family pod food by the end of one year, certain home made solid foods should be practiced slowly, from 6 months onwards. Ayurveda explained systematic and scientific way of diet schedule for infant by considering anatomical, physiological, psychological, nutritional facets. Ayurveda explains care of the baby (till two years) which matches with concept of contemporary concept of 1000 day care of baby. Rightly Ayurveda focuses on Tryoupstambha like Ahara, Nidra, Brihamacharya, which helps in existence of life. Ahara is most important to maintain and sustain of life and Kashyapa mentioned the same as Mahabhaishajya.[1] As malnutrition leads to physical, physiological, psychological, social and biochemical variations in the body, a balanced, calorific food as per age is must to maintain the normal growth and development of child, and same has been highlighted while explaining Sarva Rasa Abhyasa in Ayurveda. Hence present article highlights certain concept of Ayurveda regarding infantile nutrition, and its implementation during infancy for prevention the Kuposhanjanya Vyadhi or nutritional disorders.

Keywords: Ksheerapa, Ksheerannada, Annada, Tryoupstambha, Malnutrition, Kuposhana, Ahara.


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