Understanding Childhood Acidity

Acidity is one of the most common complaints among children. In Ayurveda, this can be co-related to the Amla Pitta usually occurs due to disturbed food habits, stress, and emotional shakeup. These factors along with Kurumi ( H. Pylori) create symptoms.

Children in the age group of 10 to 16 years are routinely seen presenting themselves with symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux (also called GER or acid reflux). This trend has been steadily increasing over the past few years. The main reason includes a high-calorie, low-fiber diet, long intervals between meals, gulping down food rather than showily hewing it thoroughly, academic stress, increased consumption of cold drinks and less consumption of water (irregular food intake).

Himalayan Heal perspective for treating Childhood Acidity:

The most important line of action is to identify the underlying cause and treat it. There are herbs and ayurvedic combinations that reduce gastric acid hypersecretion. However, these need to be used as a supportive therapy, under a doctor’s supervision, until the cause is cured.

  • Hyperacidity due to H. Pylori infestation can be treated.
  • Sleep and Stress management (Panchakarma is useful)
  • Lifestyle modification is of utmost importance. (Sadvrutta, Aachar Rasayan)
  • Anatomical defects like Hiatus Hernia should be diagnosed and treated in time.
  • Smoking and intake of caffeinated beveragescolas, and ready-made fatty fried foods should be discouraged.

Shield your Child from Stress:

  • Talk to your child about their day at school. Ask if they need help. Whether you are able to help or not is not crucial; what is vital is your positive interest in the child and his/her problems.
  • You should regularly hug your child; it will relax him/ her instantly.
  • Music as an effective tool as most children loves it. There are plenty of studies about music’s ability to reduce stress.
  • Play with your child often. Sometimes, you can even try dancing with him/her, especially if your child likes to dance. Dancing and any from physical exercise are wonderful stress-busters for children.
  • Teach your child some form of meditation or chanting. It will bring about a feeling of tranquility, apart from opening the mind to new experiences and learning.
  • Teach your child to be positive. But it’s possible only if you lead by example.

Aahar(Food): Start Dincharya (Daily routine) and Ritucharya (Seasonal routine)

  • Start enjoying homemade food.
  • Use of moong dal, Chapati, Rice, Seasonal vegetables and fruits
  • Shira (Semolina), Pohe (Rice puffed), Uppit (wheat with spices), Thalipith (Indian bread with a mixture of grains) are all for breakfast.

Vihar: Yoga Asanas/Postures for Acidity/Dyspepsia/Flatulence

1) Trikonasana (Triangle)

2) Padangushthasana (Foot great toe)

3) Sarvangasana (whole-body)

4) Jatharparivartanasana (Belly turning/moving)

5) Paripurnanavasana (Complete boat)

6) Ardhanavasana (Half boat/ship)

7) Shalabhasana (Locust pose)

8) Dhanurasana ( A bow pose)

9) Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)

Suryanamaskar is useful as it contains few of above postures.

Kamdudha Mauktikyukta , Krumihar vati ,Virechana Kashay suvarnayukta and Saraswatarishta Suvarnayukta  are few choice of formulation for Amlapita condition.