Vitamin Deficiency Disorders in Children (Kumara Sosha) – Ayurvedic Treatment

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Vitamins are very important for a child’s development and are essential for ensuring healthy growth in them. Vitamins are divided into two major groups – fat-soluble and water-soluble. Vitamins like A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble. They are stored in the human body for longer time periods. Water-soluble Vitamins like B complex and C are water-soluble and they have to dissolve in water for the body to absorb them. Different types of foods offer different Vitamins, a well-balanced diet is necessary for ensuring a child’s growth and development. The deficiency of these Vitamins results in various diseases and symptoms in children. This can also hinder the normal growth rate of children.

In Ayurveda, the signs and symptoms associated with lack of child nutrition are included under the term Kumara Sosha.

Signs and Symptoms of Five Important Vitamin Deficiencies in Children

1. Vitamin A

Deficiency of Vitamin Ais mainly manifested as xerophthalmia or “dry eye”. This condition comprises of night blindness and corneal/conjunctival xeroses, Bitot’s spots, and keratomalacia. Vitamin A deficiency can also result in an increased risk of gastrointestinal irritations, throat and chest infections.  Also, delayed growth and bone development are also manifested in children due to Vitamin A deficiency. 

2. Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 deficiency is manifested as symptoms like developmental delays, irritability, anorexia, neurological problems, and weakness in children. A well-timed detection of Vitamin B12 deficiency can prevent major tissue damages and can improve a child’s physical development.

3. Vitamin C

Deficiency of Vitamin C may lead to a condition called scurvy which is manifested as – easy bruising, slow wound healing, swollen and bleeding gums, and dry hair. 

4. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for the formation of healthy bones and muscles in children. Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency may remain hidden. Deficiency of Vitamin D can cause muscle cramps, general muscle weakness, dental problems, and bone fractures in children. 

5. Vitamin E

Deficiency of Vitamin E is uncommon. It can lead to various neurological problems as a result of poor nerve conditions. Vitamin E deficiency can give rise to low birth weight babies. Common deficiency symptoms include tremors, numbness, vision problems, difficulty in walking, and muscle weakness. 

Ayurvedic Reference of Vitamin Deficiency Disorders in Children

Ayurvedic Reference of Vitamin Deficiency Disorders in Children
Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)

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Ayurvedic Treatment of Vitamin Deficiency Disorders in Children

Ayurveda has a detailed protocol for the treatment of Vitamin Deficiency Disorders in Children. It includes various treatment procedures like internal medicines, external therapies, and the use of single herbs.

Internal Medicines for Vitamin Deficiency Disorders in Children

  • Drakshadi Kashayam
  • Parooshakadi Kashayam
  • Vasa Guluchyadi Kashayam
  • Guluchyadi Kashayam
  • Panchakola Kashayam
  • Abhayarishta
  • Dasamoolarishtam
  • Ashta Churnam
  • Vaiswanara Choornam
  • Chyawanprash
  • Drakshadi Lehyam
  • Narasimha Rasayanam
  • Ajamamsa Rasayanam

Single Herbs in the Management of Vitamin Deficiency Disorders in Children

  • Dadima (Punica granatum)
  • Draksha (Vitis vinifera)
  • Parushaka (Grewia asiatica)
  • Haridra (Curcuma longa)
  • Tava ksheera (Curcuma angustifolia)
  • Yava (Hordeum vulgare)
  • Punarnava (Boerrhavia diffusa)
  • Sigru (Moringa oleifera)
  • Harithaki (Terminalia Chebula)
  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
  • Vilwa (Aegle marmelos)
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Diet in Vitamin Deficiency Disorders in Children

Pathya (Do’s)

  • Liver meat, green leafy vegetable
  • Milk, and eggs
  • Whole grains, nuts, fish
  • Guava, yellow bell pepper, kiwi, and broccoli
  • Almonds, avocado, spinach, and sweet potatoes 
  • Fruits like orange, apple, pear, etc.
  • Eating gooseberry with honey
  • Intake of fiber-containing vegetables

Apathya (Don’ts)

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

Yoga and Pranayama in Vitamin Deficiency Disorders in Children

Yoga postures will be helpful in decreasing mental stress and also empower the whole body:-

  • Ardha matsyendrasana
  • Jathara Parivrtti Asana
  • Ananda Balasana
  • Sukhasana
  • Padmasana
  • Pavanamuktasana
  • Parighasana
  • Bhujangasana 

Pranayama is very effective in strengthening the body. It reduces stress and anxiety.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What are the causes of Vitamin deficiency in children?

Answer: Vitamin deficiency is caused by insufficient intake of nutrient-rich food and diet during the growth period of children.

Question: What are the symptoms of Vitamin deficiency in children?

Answer: Symptoms of Vitamin deficiency in children vary according to the type of vitamin that becomes deficient. It can range from minor fatigue to muscle weakness, nerve damage, delayed or reduced growth and development, etc.

Question: Is Ayurvedic treatment effective in Vitamin deficiency in children?

Answer: Yes. Ayurveda provides a lot of medicines that help to increase digestive fire and to improve nutrient absorption by the body tissues. Many of the herbs in the Ayurvedic preparations are themselves rich in various nutrients. .

Dr. Gupta’s IAFA® is a well-acclaimed organization aimed at delivering quality Ayurvedic treatment for its consumers. IAFA® offers the best Ayurvedic healthcare services for various diseases and discomforts of children as well as the elderly.

Grow healthy with IAFA® !!

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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