The amount of water in the body is always maintained in a normal range in order to carry out normal body functions. The water lost from the body through sweat, urine, feces etc. is replaced by drinking adequate quantity of water. Also, presence of minerals like Sodium, Potassium etc. help to maintain normal water balance. Dehydration occurs when the amount of fluid lost from the body is greater than that enters the body. It is more common in small children as their body water reserve will be lesser and so they will be more prone to dehydration. Ayurveda explains the condition of dehydration as Trishna. Dr.Gupta’s IAFAis providing proper care and treatment for dehydration in children. IAFA has separate wing called Ayurpediatrics for the management of various ailments in children.
Causes of Dehydration
Most common causes of dehydration in children are:
- Excess loss of body fluidsthrough vomiting, diarrhea etc.
- Lack of intake of adequate amount of fluids during illness.
Children may loss excess fluid during an illness through vomiting, loose stools etc. and they may not be able to replace the lost fluid. This can quickly lead to dehydration in children.
Ayurveda says the cause of dehydration as excess deprivation of body fluid contents like Kapha and water. It is said to be especially caused by lack of intake of food and water.
Ayurvedic Reference of Dehydration - Trishna
Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration
Children with dehydration may exhibit any of following symptoms:
- May pass less urine than normal
- Urine will be abnormally dark colored
- Lips will be dry and cracked
- Dry mouth
- Skin will be cold or dry
- Seems to be weak
- Sunken eyes
As per Ayurveda, the general symptoms of Dehydration are:
- Dryness of mouth
- Hoarseness of voice
- Loss of appetite
- Excess thirst
- Dryness of throat, lips and tongue
- Incoherent speech etc.
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Diet in Dehydration
- Make sure that child is drinking enough water
- Give more water at day time
- Intake offluid rich fruits and vegetableslike water melon, cucumber etc.
- Give plenty of salads
- Give timely food
- Give minimum 1 liter water to school children
- Drinking water boiled with herbs
- Keep observing children
- Bladder training
- Regular urination
- Playing at noon time in ground / outside home
- Intake of carbonated drinks & artificial juices
- Use of caffeine
- Intake of refrigerated water
- Over consumption of non-veg food especially chicken
- Fried & junk food
- Dry food items
- Stressful situations to child
Yoga and Pranayama for dehydration
Yoga is extremely beneficial to treat and prevent dehydration. Children can train following yoga postures depending on their age and health.
- Surya namaskar
Pranayama is helpful in relieving stress and to clean body channels. This will clear obstructed pathways and allow proper nourishment and energy.
Ayurvedic Treatment of dehydration
Ayurvedic treatment for dehydration includes intake of medicines, external applications and some therapies. Combination of these procedures depending on the condition of the child provides easy recovery from dehydration.
Internal Medicines for Dehydration
- Drakshadi kashaya
- Laja phanta Kashaya
- Vidaryadi kashaya
- Vidaryadi lehya
- Suvarnamuktadi gulika
External Medicines for Dehydration
- Ksheerabala Taila
- Himasagara taila
- Kachuradi Churna
- Talam (Application of medicinal paste on bregma)
- Sheeta lepana (Application of medicines with cold potency on body)
- Siro Dhara (Pouring medicated liquids over forehead)
Single Herbs in the Management of Dehydration
- Chandana (Santalum album)
- Usheera(Vetiveria zizanoides)
- Draksha (Vitis vinifera)
- Sariba(Hemidesmus indicus)
- Musta (Cyperus rotundus)
- Kashmari (Gmelina arborea)
- Parpata (Fumaria parvifolora)
- Madhooka (Madhuca indica)
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist