Monsoon Wellness: Ayurvedic Care for Kids

The monsoon season is a magical time for kids, filled with the joy of splashing in puddles and the refreshing scent of rain. However, it also brings challenges like increased humidity, temperature fluctuations and a higher risk of infections. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, offers a holistic approach to keeping children healthy and happy during the rainy season. Let’s explore some kid-friendly Ayurvedic tips to ensure your little ones stay in top shape!

Understanding Ayurveda
Ayurveda focusses on maintaining balance in the body through diet, lifestyle and natural remedies. It emphasises the concept of ‘Doshas’—Vata, Pitta and Kapha—which represent different bodily energies. During the monsoon, Vata and Pitta doshas can become imbalanced, leading to issues like colds, digestive problems and skin infections. By following Ayurvedic principles, we can help prevent these issues and promote overall wellness.

Boosting Immunity

  • Herbal Teas: Herbal teas are a great way to boost immunity. Tulsi (holy basil), ginger and cinnamon are excellent choices. A warm cup of tulsi tea can help fight infections and keep your child’s respiratory system clear. For an instant kadha/herbal tea preparation, try Vedistry’s Kofol SIP which is enriched with immune-boosting herbs.
  • Chyawanprash: This traditional Ayurvedic jam, made from a blend of herbs, fruits and spices, is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants. A small spoonful daily can strengthen your child’s immune system. Vedistry Prash is one of the best in this category as it contains Giloy along with gold and silver bhasma, which are known to improve immunity.
  • Turmeric Milk: Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agent. Adding a pinch of turmeric to warm milk not only enhances immunity, but also provides comfort during cold, rainy days.

Diet and Nutrition

  • Warm, Cooked Foods: Opt for easily digestible, warm foods. Soups, stews and porridges made with seasonal vegetables are ideal. They provide necessary nutrients and are gentle on the digestive system.
  • Spices: Incorporate digestive spices like cumin, coriander and fennel into meals. These spices help enhance digestion and prevent bloating and gas, which are common during the monsoon; for more effective results start with Dipya digestive care syrup
  • Hydration: Ensure your child stays hydrated with warm water or herbal teas. Avoid cold drinks and ice creams, as they can disrupt digestion and increase the risk of throat infections.

Preventing and Managing Common Ailments

  • Cold and Cough: For mild colds, steam inhalation with a few drops of eucalyptus oil can provide relief. A mixture of honey and ginger juice is also effective in soothing sore throats and coughs. If the issue still persists, then try Kofol’s range of products which are specifically catered for monsoon ailments.
  • Digestive Issues: If your child experiences indigestion or diarrhea, give them a light diet of rice porridge (khichdi) and yoghurt. Adding a pinch of asafoetida (hing) to meals can help alleviate gas and bloating.
  • Skin Infections: In case of minor skin infections or rashes, apply a paste of neem powder and water. Neem has strong antibacterial properties and promotes healing.

Lifestyle Tips

  • Routine: Maintaining a consistent daily routine helps in balancing the doshas. Ensure your child gets enough sleep, engages in regular physical activity and follows a balanced diet.
  • Avoid Stagnant Water: Encourage kids to avoid playing in stagnant water, which can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other harmful microbes.
  • Indoor Activities: On particularly rainy days, plan indoor activities like yoga or simple exercises. Yoga poses like the ‘Lion Pose’ (Simhasana) can be fun and help boost immunity.

By incorporating these Ayurvedic tips into your child’s routine, you can navigate the monsoon season with ease. Ayurveda not only helps prevent common ailments, but also promotes a holistic sense of well-being. Remember, a balanced diet, proper hygiene and a consistent routine are key to keeping your kids healthy and happy. Enjoy the rains and let your children embrace the magic of the monsoon, armed with the wisdom of Ayurveda!

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