Indigestion in Children-Ajirna

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Indigestion is a common digestive complaint seen in children. Indigestion usually occurs in the upper abdominal part of the child. It is caused when the child eats any unaccustomed or unfavorable food. This condition is also called dyspepsia. It is usually manifested as bloating, nausea, and burping. In children, this condition is often observed after intake of a meal. Usually it is not a matter of serious concern. The discomfort will be relieved within a few hours. In Ayurveda, indigestion is considered as one of the root causes for the occurrence of various other diseases. In children and adults it is an important condition that should be effectively managed. In Ayurveda, the term Ajirna is used to denote indigestion. 

Causes of Indigestion in Children

Indigestion occurs when the stomach acid injures the innermost protective layer, called mucosa, of the digestive system. It results in irritation and inflammation of the upper abdominal area. Children mostly don’t have mucosal inflammation. But they may have increased mucosal sensitivity. Some of the common causes are:

  • Some  Medications: Medications having nitrate elements can cause heart burn in children. They may also result in relaxation of esophageal sphincter. This leads to leakage of stomach acid and causes irritation of protective lining of the digestive system.
  • Obesity: Obese children will have increased abdominal pressure. This can result in acid reflux to the oesophagus during each meal.
  • Stomach Ulcer: In stomach ulcers, open sores develop in the stomach wall. This results in indigestion in children. 
  • Helicobacter Pylori Infection: It is theinfection of stomach with indigestion as the main symptom. This can lead to stomach ulcers and cancers in future. 
  • Stress: Mental stress and anxiety can make eating and sleeping in irregular pattern that can lead to indigestion.

The causes of Ajirna in children as mentioned in Ayurveda has included weakened agni (digestive fire), nature of food, combinations of different food, under developed digestive system in children etc. 

Signs and Symptoms of Indigestion in Children

The symptoms of Ajirna as mentioned in Ayurveda are reduced physical activities, drowsiness, excessive salivation, dullness, lack of signs of good health etc. 

  • Major signs of indigestion are:
  • Pain in the upper abdomen immediately after eating.
  • Heartburn
  • Bloating
  • Regular burping
  • Passing of flatulence.
  • Acid reflux
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Irregular and reduced eating habit

Ayurveda Reference of Indigestion in Children-Ajirna

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Ayurvedic Treatment of Indigestion in Children

Ayurveda has detailed protocol for the management of indigestion in children. It includes internal medicines, treatment procedures and use of single herbs.

Internal Medicines for Indigestion in Children

  • Gandharvahasthadi Kashaya
  • Chiruvilwadi Kashaya
  • Bharngiadi Kashaya
  • Panchakola Kashaya
  • Abhayarishta
  • Dasamoolarishta
  • Pippalyasava
  • Ashtachurna
  • Vyshwanarachoorna
  • Ardrakarasayana
  • Vilwadilehya
  • Chitrakadigulika

Treatment Procedures for Indigestion in Children

  • Abhyanga on abdomen (Oil massage)
  • Swedana (sweating therapy)

Single Herbs in the Management of Indigestion in Children

  • Ardraka (Zingiber officinale)
  • Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica)
  • Hareethaki (Terminalia chebula)
  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
  • Vilwa (Aegle marmelos)
  • Maricha(Piper nigrum)
  • Karanja (Pongamia pinnata)
  • Patha (Cissampelos pareira)
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Diet in Indigestion in Children

Pathya (Do’s)

  • Ginger, lemon & honey
  • Fruits like orange, apple, pear etc.
  • Eating goose berry with honey
  • Intake of fiber containing vegetables
  • Always take warm food
  • Light and easily digestible food
  • Intake of lesser quantity of food
  • Frequent intake of lukewarm water
  • Green gram soup with pomegranate
  • Food made of red rice

Apathya (Don’ts)

  • Junk food & baked food
  • Fried food items
  • Excess water &food intake
  • Improperly cooked food
  • Intake of food before digesting previous meal
  • Drinking cold water
  • Fried and bakery food
  • Bottled soft drinks and artificial juices
  • Intake of unfamiliar food items 
  • Sleeplessness
  • Mental stress of children

Yoga and Pranayama in Indigestion in Children

Practice of Yoga helps to improve digestive power and to strengthen abdominal muscles.Yoga postures will be helpful in dipping the mental stress and also to empower the digestive system

  • Pavanamuktasana
  • Parighasana
  • Marjaryasana
  • Bhujangasana
  • Ardhamatsyendrasana
  • Jataraparivrithi
  • Ananda Balasana

Pranayama is very effective in strengthening and controlling muscles of digestive system. It reduces stress and anxiety that plays a major role in decreasing incidence of stomach ulcers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What are the causes of Indigestion in children?

Answer: In children, indigestion is caused in association with stomach ulcers, infection, some medicines etc.

Question: What are the major symptoms of indigestion in children?

Answer: In children, indigestion is manifested as abdominal pain, bloating, burping, nausea etc.

Question: How Ayurveda treats indigestion in children?

Answer: Ayurveda considers indigestion in children as to be treated promptly on time. Ayurveda suggests internal medicines and external therapies to treat indigestion.

Dr. Gupta’s IAFA provides the best available Ayurvedic treatment for various child illnesses. Indigestion is a simple but significant condition that is well managed in IAFA.

IAFA welcomes you and your child to a world of health and happiness!!

Dr. Sahil Gupta completed his Bachelor of Ayurveda in Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) and Master’s Degree in Health Administration (MHA) India. He is Registered Ayurvedic Doctor & Vaidya in India having Registration No. 23780. He is the CEO and founder of IAFA. After completing BAMS, Dr. Sahil Gupta started practicing Ayruveda by giving prime importance to allergic disorders management. He became the first Ayurvedic doctor to cure Food Allergies through Ayurveda. Read More About Dr. Sahil Gupta.

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