Bala Chikitsa (Pediatrics)
Bala chikitsa is known as Kaumarbhritya or Kaumara Bhritya.
This branch of Ayurveda deals with the diagnosis and treatment of the diseases related to children. Bala Chikitsa also deals with the problems related to pregnancy and child birth. Gastrointestinal diseases, teeth disorders, rickets and many more are treated.
Caring of children follows two main methods – preventive and treating methods. Preventive methods start even before the birth of child. In fact, it begins even before the child is conceived within the womb of a woman. Fresh food, pleasant mind, good atmosphere, etc are necessary for the mother to give birth to a healthy child.
Balachikitsa covers special care to be given to the child in each and every stage of growth. Specially prepared ointment is applied to the whole body, excluding head, mainly to avoid future diseases caused due to vata. The room where the baby is kept is sterilized by smoking with medicinal herbs that have sterilizing and cleaning properties.