PRACTICAL UTILITY OF PHALAPRASHANA SAMSKARA (INTRODUCTION OF FRUITS) TO THE INFANT AFTER A PERIOD OF EXCLUSIVE BREAST FEEDING
Health of a child especially in infantile period is a major concern and subject matter of fretfulness for parents as well as for whole family. This period accompanies with lots of doubts and hesitations about baby’s heath, making parents uncertain for deciding what is best for their baby. Nutrition remains their main concern about what to give? what is ideal period? what is ideal sequence of fruits and food article etc. Focusing on above described are, attempts are made to investigate beneficiary effect of introduction of fruits in weaning period on infantile health. Introduction of fruits to the baby is known as Phalaprashana in Ayurvedic terminology. Similar to Pediatric branch of modern medicine, Kaumarbhritya is an important division of Ayurveda science dealing with child care and treatment of childhood diseases. Here view of Ayurveda is explored about introduction of fruits to the infant after period of exclusive breastfeeding, before starting any solid food items.
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