Child care or preschool is the caring for and supervision of a child or children, usually from age six weeks to age thirteen. Child care providers are our childrens first teachers, and therefore play an integral role in our systems of early childhood education. Quality care from a young age can have a huge impact on the future successes of children. In AYURVEDA, one of the eight branches of Ayurveda, is ‘Kaumarbhratya, especially dedicated to the good health of children.
Physical Care -
Kashyap Samhita describes the natural ways to build up the power of immunity in children. The best way to develop immunity and maintain vitality in children is oil massage. snehana is a oil massage which one of the best ways to take care of the overall health of the infant. Massage with BALA TAIL, or BAIDYANATH LAL tail, oil specially formulated for children, is the first therapy of newborns. snehana increases the mental capacity of the child. Basic hygiene is necessary to shield the child from diseases and infections. Therefore, the mouth of the children, especially after breastfeeding, should be cleaned. Clean clothes, bedding and proper handling of the baby are also part of Ayurvedic childcare.
It also is very important to take care of the psychological aspects pertaining to children. The duty of the parents is to protect their children from emotional traumas, as they grow older. All the fears and insecurities of the children should be banished. The natural fears of the kids fear of dark and loneliness should be addressed. One should avoid frightening the child and should maintain a pleasant atmosphere at home.
The Ayurvedic Approach While physical and psychological care is quintessential, certain Ayurvedic tonics and vaccinations would add to the good health of the children. In Ayurvedic texts, particularly in SAMHITAS, the descriptions of tonics and various types of medications are given in a detailed manner. Although the tonics do not form the main requisite for the health of the growing children, they can be taken as supplements. Moreover, such tonics enhance the intelligence and concentration power of children. Certain tonics like CHAWANPRASH, SHANKHPUSPI & BRAHMI are commonly prescribed by Ayurvedic practitioners. Ayurveda emphasizes on the use of certain tonics and medications that can develop immunity power, intelligence in the children and shield them from various kinds of diseases. A large number of people are now resorting to herbal Ayurvedic medicines and tonics, in order to protect their children from diseases like bed witting -
If adds to the power of immunity of the children, when consumed on a regular basis, as prescribed by the Ayurvedic doctor.