CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF BALA SAMSKARA W.S.R. TO DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES IN CHILDREN : A REVIEW STUDY
Samskaras are a religious right, rituals sacrifices and a religious ceremony. Samskara also build a wakefulness of the attainment of social status and rights for the individual. In Ayurvedic aspect Samskara is “Samskaro hi Gunaantaradhanam” which means qualitative improvement carried out by incorporating the precise qualities (transforming of the qualities). Any process which brings continuous positive changes in a given material (Dravya), physical body (Shareera), intellectual capacity (Mana) and the personality (Atma) is called Samskara. These are significant in perspective of child health and provide chance for routine examination of growth and developmental milestones of child at regular intervals. A thorough review of childhood Samskara reveals that they were aimed at preparing the baby for proper feeding habits, ensuring adequate nutrition, preventing diseases, adapting baby to environment, gave individual identity and educated the child. Samskara signifies growth and development and the ceremonial announcement of milestones achieved providing with periodical screening. Ayurveda also describes different Samskaras in the different period of life to mark or to announce attainment of different milestones thus ensuring proper growth and also to differentiate them from the child with developmental delay.
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