Epilepsy in kids: Symptoms, Causes and Ayurvedic Remedies

epilepsy in kids

Epilepsy is the most common childhood brain disorder which affects children and adults of all races and ethnic backgrounds. About two-thirds of all children with epilepsy outgrow their seizures by the time they are teenagers. However, it is important for parents to understand why maintaining a healthy lifestyle and ensuring regular medical visits is important to manage epilepsy in kids. (Why nutrition is so important for kid’s health?)

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a brain condition that causes a child to have seizures. Also, it is one of the most common disorders of the nervous system. The brain consists of nerve cells that communicate with each other through electrical activity. A seizure occurs when one or more parts of the brain has a burst of abnormal electrical signals that interrupt normal brain signals. Anything that interrupts the normal connections between nerve cells in the brain can cause a seizure including head injuries, infections, poisoning or even brain development problems prior to birth. Though, often a cause for the seizures and epilepsy cannot be found. But when a child has 2 or more seizures with no known cause, this is diagnosed as epilepsy. (Which foods are good for brain development?)

Types of Seizures:

There are mainly two types of seizures:

1. Generalised Seizures: It means sudden abnormal electrical activity throughout the brain and it includes tonic clonic convulsions and absence seizures.

2. Partial Seizures: Partial seizures means abnormal electrical activity in just one part of the brain. This can spread to other parts as well and includes partial seizure, complex partial seizure and secondarily generalized seizure.

Some seizures are very short, lasting only a few seconds, while others can last a few minutes. A doctor will typically diagnose a child with epilepsy (also called a seizure disorder) if:

  • ​The child has one or more seizures
  • The doctor thinks the child is likely to have a seizure again
  • The seizure was not directly caused by another medical condition, like diabetes or a severe infection

Signs of Epilepsy in Kids: 

Symptoms or signs of epilepsy in kids usually depend upon the type of seizure. Most likely, a person with epilepsy will tend to have the same type of seizure each time. Some common signs or symptoms may include:

  • Sudden jerks in arms
  • Strange feeling
  • Sudden blackout & fainting
  • Stiffness in muscles
  • Twitching or trembling of muscles
  • Psychic symptoms

When to see a doctor?

If your child shows any of the following symptoms, then you must visit a doctor:

  • Seizure that lasts for longer duration, like more than five minutes
  • Pregnancy
  • High fever
  • Any injury due to seizure
  • Can’t regain breathing or consciousness even when seizure attack stops
  • Second seizure follows immediately after the first one

What causes Epilepsy in Kids?

Though a clear cause of epilepsy is not known but the most common cause is an injury to the brain. Other causes include:

  • Low oxygen during birth
  • Infections such as meningitis and encephalitis
  • Brain tumor
  • Stroke
  • Any kind of brain damage
  • Prenatal injury
  • Genetic conditions resulting in brain injury such as tuberculosis

Risk factors of Epilepsy:

Certain factors may increase the risk of epilepsy:

  • Age: Epilepsy is more common during early childhood or after the age of 60
  • Family History: A child with family history of epilepsy is at higher risk of epilepsy.
  • Head injuries: Head injuries also increases the risk of epilepsy.
  • Stroke & other brain infections
  • Dementia

How to diagnose epilepsy in kids?

Initially, your doctor will review symptoms and medical history of the patient and run several tests to diagnose this condition:

  • Neurological examination: To review patient’s behavior, motor abilities, mental function and the type of epilepsy.
  • Blood tests: To diagnose the signs of infections, genetic conditions, or other conditions that may be associated with seizures.
  • Electroencephalogram(EEG): To diagnose epilepsy in which doctors attach electrode to patient’s scalp with paste like substance. These electrodes record electrical activity of brain and help to diagnose the type of seizure.
  • Computerized tomography scan (CT): To check the cross sectional images of brain which helps to reveal abnormalities in brain which are responsible for seizures.
  • Functional MRI (fMRI): To measure the change in blood flow that occurs in specific parts of the brain and to detect the exact locations of critical functions such as speech and movement.
  • Positron emission tomography (PET): A small amount of radioactive material is injected into vein that helps to visualize active areas of brain and detect abnormalities.
  • Neuropsychological tests: To assess patient’s thinking, memory and speech skills and to find out which area is more affected.

Treatment of Epilepsy in Kids:

Treatment for epilepsy usually begins with medication. However, it is important to remember that epilepsy is a complex condition and every child is different. Not every child responds to treatment in the same way, so there is no one “right treatment.”

1.Seizure-prevention drugs

There are many seizure-prevention drugs, called anti-epilepsy drugs (AEDs) or anticonvulsant drugs, in the market. However, it sometimes takes a while to find the one that works best for each child. These drugs do not change the brain’s underlying susceptibility to produce seizures. Rather, they only treat the symptoms of epilepsy by reducing the frequency of seizures. The medication will not work properly until it reaches a certain level in the body, and it is important to maintain that level. For this reason, it is especially important to follow the doctor’s specific medication instructions.

2. OTHER TREATMENTS:

  • Brain surgery
  • Medical devices to prevent and control seizures
  • Dietary therapies (e.g. ketogenic diet, modified Atkins diet, low glycemic index treatment)

3. Ayurvedic HERBS FOR EPILEPSY IN KIDS:

In Ayurveda, Epilepsy is called Apasmara (Apa = loss, smara = memory, knowledge, or even consciousness). Akshepaka is a condition characterized by seizures. An imbalance of the Vata dosha in Ayurveda creates convulsions. Likewise, an imbalance of Pitta dosha creates loss of consciousness in terms of doshic effect. Ayurvedic herbs that help with epilepsy:

Brahmi:

For thousands of years, the leaves of the herb have been used to treat epilepsy. Brahmi capsule sharpens the brain by protecting cells, increasing learning and memory power. It is very helpful in preventing epileptic fits and other forms of mental diseases such as neuralgia and bipolar disorder.

Ashwagandha:

Ashwagandha is used in traditional medicines to treat epilepsy and modern research may be able to explain how the herb works. In an animal study, a high dose of ashwagandha by itself was able to reduce convulsions, as well as a lower dosage level combined with the pharmaceutical anti-seizure drug diazepam.

Curcumin:

Curcumin, a principal compound present in turmeric, has an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. In addition, Preclinical studies have indicated its beneficial effect for the treatment of epilepsy disorders. Moreover, the molecule has an anti-seizure potential in preclinical studies, including chemical and electrical models of acute and chronic epilepsy.

Shallaki:

Some side effects of epilepsy medicines include decreased bone mineral density. This condition is called osteoporosis. Shallaki, also known as Boswellia Serrata, is very beneficial to support bone health and also stress management. Maintenance of bone stability is a difficult task but is also essential for the maintenance of overall health and well being of a person. Bones not only work as the frame for body structure but also help maintain the nervous systems in the anatomy. Shallaki helps maintenance of bone health, stress management and is also helpful for the treatment of epilepsy and headache without any adverse side effects.

Mulethi:

Also known as Licorice or Glycyrrhiza glabra L, Mulethi is a perennial herb that has traditionally been used to treat many diseases including epilepsy. Being a natural product, these herbs have fewer side effects and improved efficacy as compared to the modern medicines.

4. Foods and Nutrients that help to Manage Epilepsy in kids:

Vitamin B6:

Protein rich foods like chicken, fish, nuts, seeds, beans, rice and green leafy vegetables are very good sources of vitamin B6. This vitamin supports the critical functions of the nervous system. In addition, it also boosts the metabolism of various neurotransmitters required for normal brain function.

Vitamin B3: Niacin

Fish, lean meats, nuts & poultry are high in vitamin B3. Vitamin B3 improves circulation and is very helpful in treating brain related disorders. Moreover, it enhances the treatment of epilepsy when used with anticonvulsants.

Vitamin B9: Folic Acid

This nutrient is very important for a healthy nervous system. But in epilepsy patients, folic acid gets depleted and hence should be taken in the form of foods after consultation with a doctor. Lentils, liver, soy flour, black eyed peas, kidney beans and peanuts are rich in this vitamin.

Vitamin D & Calcium:

People with epilepsy taking seizure medications require more of calcium and vitamin D. Milk, cheese, yogurt, dark leafy greens like spinach, kale etc. are few good sources of these nutrients.

Magnesium,Manganese & Zinc:

Nuts like almonds, peanuts, cashews and pumpkin seeds are rich in magnesium. They are also antioxidants which protect against cell damage. Manganese plays an important role in cerebral functions and hence an important nutrient for epilepsy patients. Nuts, whole grains, legumes are rich in this mineral. Zinc is required for bone growth and is often deficient in epileptic people. Adding meat, eggs, nuts and legumes in your child’s diet is important.

SCIENTIFICALLY proven studies

How Brahmi helps in the treatment of epilepsy?

Ashwagandha used as a herb to treat epilepsy.

Proven effectiveness of Curcumin in treating epilepsy.

How shallaki/Boswellia Serrata is useful for treatment of epilepsy?

Licorice or mulethi for treatment of epilepsy.

HOW TO FEED ALL THESE These foods TO KIDS?

Now the question arises- how to include all these bitter Ayurvedic herbs, nuts and seeds in your child’s diet conveniently on a daily basis?


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HOW CAN MY CHILD EAT THIS DAILY NUTRITION SAVOURY SPREAD?
Iyurved Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread

You can mix in roti/pizza dough (atta), dosa/ idli/ cheela batter, curries/ veggies/ dal/ pasta sauce etc. If the child likes, can be served directly too.

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  • 6g protein per serve
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  • Eczema relief
  • Prevents Constipation
  • Supports Digestion
  • Weight gain
  • Overall development

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We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique Ayurvedic savoury spread is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Ayurvedic spread  by Iyurved

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2 Ways to add nutrition to YOUR kid’s food while travelling

Picnics and vacations are always funtastic and we make many memories along the way. There are several checklists to consider while travelling with children, particularly when it comes to food. Snacks, snacks, and more snacks are the best way of keeping children’s hands and mouths occupied on road trips. Snacks that travel well, keep kids entertained and energized for adventure on the trip. It’s challenging enough to feed nutritious food to kids at home, but it’s even more difficult when the restrictions are relaxed and fast food alternatives abound on a family vacation. Although it might be difficult to ensure your children get proper nutrition on the travel, it is certainly do-able! Here are a few simple ways to incorporate nutrients into your child’s food along the journey. (Travel foods for babies)

How to add nutrition to your child’s food in the easiest way possible?

During the exciting journey, you can add nutrition to foods consumed by children by including :

  • Kids Daily Nutrition Chocolate Spread 
  • Kids Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread 

This unique product is fortified with 5 Ayurvedic herbs, 7 Nuts and seeds, Zero preservatives and No palm oil. It provides Daily Nutrition for kids & teens to help support Immunity, Bone strength, Brain development, weight gain, digestion, lack of appetite and overall growth.

You can take this preservative-free health food on the go to make sure your child receives his or her daily nutrition. All you need to do is – take a spoon of this spread and mix or spread them on foods. It’s so simple. 

How to ADD them TO my child’s HOTEL/ travel foods? 

Children can eat it in most commonly consumed foods and acquire their daily nutritional benefits.

  • 1 serving of Daily Nutrition Chocolate Spread= 3.17g of protein with 122 calories for healthy weight gain, bones, brain, immunity and growth
Apply on puri, roti or paratha.
Spread it on dosa or pancake
Serve it as bun spread
Apply on the bread
Pour it on ice-cream
Mix it in milk
Eat it directly for daily nutrition
  • 1 tbsp of Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread= 6g of protein with 126 calories for healthy weight gain, bones, brain, immunity and growth

Homemade travel snacks for kids 

Kids are fussy eaters. When they are on a road trip or vacation, the last thing on their minds is nutrition; all they want is a nice snack. It is your responsibility as a parent to make sure that your child does not eat junk food. When it comes to snacks for kids, you may have to choose between health and flavour, and taste usually wins. You can try these easy snack recipes for your kids, that not only adds taste but also have good nutritional benefits. These snacks may be made and carried during the journey. (12 Ideas for Healthy Snacks that kids can make with you)

Makhana for kids by Iyurved
Roasted Makhana

Makhana for kids is an amazing seed. A perfect travel snack for kids. This food is high in vital elements such as vitamins and minerals, as well as being light and easy to digest when travelling. (Check recipe)

Pumpkin seeds crackers with millet recipe by Iyurved
Pumpkin seeds millet crackers

Crackers are always easy to munch snacks for kids. This can also be made more nutritious food for kids by adding pumpkin seeds and nuts. Pumpkin seeds are a great bunch of nutrients such as healthy fats, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, and phosphorus. (Check recipe)

Recipe of home-made protein bar by Iyurved
Home-made protein Bar

Kids are thrilled to travel, and you know how energetic kids can be! They run around and climb everywhere, which takes a lot of energy. That is why energy bars for kids are the ideal option! Improves muscle strength, strengthens bones and is an excellent storehouse of protein and also nutritious food for kids. (Check recipe)

Sesame -jaggery Laddu

There’s no doubt that laddus are always kids favourite!! They are quick-to-eat, low-mess, high-energy, and healthy snacks for youngsters. You may store it in box and can easily carry as your child can receive required nutrients in just one tiny laddu (Check recipe)

Feeding your child while travelling doesn’t have to be a stressful experience! You can carry Iyurved daily nutrition spread and assure that you and your child enjoy your vacation without worrying about meals with just a little effort on your side!!

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We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique Ayurvedic spread is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Ayurvedic chocolate spread  by Iyurved

India’s First Tasty Kids Nutrition fortified with Ayurvedic herbs.

If your child is a picky eater or watches too much screen, or is at a learning stage, or is hyperactive, or has acne, or falls sick often | Give ‘Iyurved Chocolate Spreads’ for healthy body and growth | ORDER | 0% preservative | 0% Palm oil | 0% refined sugar |

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10 best proven home remedies for fever in kids

With every season change, parent’s biggest concern is their kid’s health and how to protect them from fever, cold and cough. Fever is common in children of all age group, no matter how careful you are. Young children are prone to falling ill because their immune systems are not strong enough to fight  toxic air and seasonal allergies.

Fever itself is usually not harmful, in fact it helps the body’s immune system fight off infection. Fever is a defense against infection, it raises the temperature of the body to kill the germs. By increasing the body’s temperature, a fever makes it harder for the bacteria and viruses to survive in the body and cause infection.

What considered as fever:

Many parents complain that their baby’s head is warm most of the time and their feet and palm are hot. Do they have a fever?

Children are considered to have a fever if they have a body temperature of 38.5°C (101.3°F) or more, and babies less than three months old are already considered to have a fever at a body temperature of 38.0°C (100.4°F) or more. Use a reliable digital thermometer to confirm a fever.

Causes of fever in kids

When the child has fever, the doctors are more concerned about what is causing the fever, and not what the child’s temperature is. Fevers can be caused by a few things, including

  • Infection:

Most of the fever is caused by infection or other illness for instance, a common cold, middle ear infection, urinary tract infection (UTI) or gastroenteritis. Fever helps the body to fight this infection by raising body temperature to kill the germs.

  • Vaccination:

Generally after vaccination kids get a slight increase in their body temperature. Child’s immune system is developing antibodies to fight the germs that the vaccine aims to protect them from.

  • Dehydration:

Dehydration caused by severe vomiting or diarrhea or they haven’t had enough fluid and their body is dehydrated. This also causes fever in some cases.

  • Sunburn /sunstroke:

Sunburn, sunstroke or heat stroke may also causes fever in some cases

  • Food allergies or intolerance:

Food allergies or intolerance like lactose intolerance and gluten intolerance may also cause fever in some cases.

Symptoms of fever and when to see a doctor

Generally you can tell that a child has a fever just by looking at them. Typical signs include a red face, tired-looking or glazed eyes and otherwise pale skin. A hot forehead or neck can also be a sign of fever. Some children lose their appetite or cry a lot.

You should consult a doctor if child has following symptoms:

  • Their temperature is above 39°C (102.2°F) or a baby under three months old has a temperature above 38°C (100.4°F)
  • The fever last longer than three days
  • Vomiting and refuses to eat or drink anything
  • Have diarrhea or pain in their belly (home remedies for diarrhea in kids)
  • They have skin rash
  • Stiff neck, are unresponsive, restless or confused
  • More sleepy than usual
  • Problems with breathing
  • They have a febrile seizure (fit)
  • Seem be getting more unwell

Seeing your baby in uncongottable in fever is a difficult thing and you do everything to give them comfort during fever. Taking proper care at home can help your baby to recover fast and regain their energy. Below are some home remedies and foods that can help your baby with fever.

Home remedies and foods for fever that can help:
1. Plenty of fluids:

Offer plenty of fluids to keep them hydrated, because fever can make them sweat excessively and cause dehydration in kids. You can offer your child water or oral rehydration solution. Give a small amount of fluid at a time but multiple times in a day. Apart from this you can also offer hot homemade soups, which are full of essential vitamins and minerals and are easy to digest. Avoid drinks with caffeine, including colas and tea, because they can make dehydration worse by increasing urination.

2. Apple cider vinegar bath:

This is one of the most effective remedies to fight fever. ACV has a lot of disinfectant, antimicrobial, antioxidant properties. In lukewarm water add a cup of apple cider vinegar and give your baby a gentle bath or sponge bath. This will immediately bring down the body temperature and give your baby relief from fever. You can also add a few drops of ACV to a warm compress pack and lay it over your baby’s forehead. this is one of the most effective home remedies of fever.

3. Mustard oil and garlic massage:

Heat mustard oil and roast garlic and carom seeds in it. Once cool, apply this oil on the baby’s head, palm, feet base, chest and back. Leave it applied and let the child sleep. It will help settle the body temperature. Also, any body ache the child has will be resolved. Mustard oil is a very effective cough and cold home remedy. ( how massage is important for kids?)

4. Chamomile tea:

Chamomile is considered to be a safe and effective way to help a child relax and will keep your child hydrated. Bring some water to boil and soak chamomile tea leaves in it for about a minute. Add honey to it and feed a few drops of it to your child, twice a day.

5. Turmeric:

Turmeric is the food for immunity boosting. There is a enough scientific evidence that curcumin compound of turmeric aids in boosting immunity. They also prevents body from any pain, swelling, fever due to its anti-inflammatory property. Offer a glass of luke warm turmeric milk to your child. Out of many home remedies of fever, this is the most powerful.

6. Raisins:

Raisins have antioxidant and antibacterial properties which help in fighting infections and lowering the body temperature during fever. Take a handful of raisins (20-25 approx.), soak all the raisins in a half cup of water for about an hour, once they become soft crush and strain the liquid. Add lime juice to it for better results. Feed this tonic to your child twice a day and see the difference.

7. Onion:

Onions are believed to bring down the temperature gradually. This is one of the most traditional home remedies for fever in children, onions are effective in relieving body pain also. Cut an onion into slices and rub 2 – 3 slices on your child’s feet for 2 minutes each. Repeat this process twice a day.

8. Lemon and honey:

Lemon and Honey are magical foods known for their medicinal properties. The vitamin c content of lemon helps improve immunity and honey provides nourishment. The combination of ingredients is highly effective in reducing fever. Mix one tablespoon of honey and an equal amount of lemon juice or in a glass of warm water add one tablespoon honey and juice of half lemon and feed the mixture to the child and watch the fever go down.

9. Tulsi

Tulsi is an important herb and every household should have it. With its antibiotic properties, it is very effective in bringing the fever down.  Add a few leaves of tulsi to boiling water, allow it to boil for 2 minutes, strain the water and make your child drink this multiple times a day to lower their temperature.

10. Ginger:

People have used ginger as one of the herbal home remedies of fever .  It has anti-inflammatory  antibacterial, antiviral properties that make it an excellent home remedy for fever. You can make ginger tea for the fever. Take a small piece of ginger and grate it and add it to a cup of water. Boiling water boils for a couple of minutes and then takes it out of the flame. Add a little honey and make your child drink this ginger tea three to four times a day.

Do your child often fall sick?

Do your child often fall sick with fever, cold and cough? The food we eat plays a key role in determining the overall health and immunity. It gives the body a condition of being able to resist a particular disease. by adding these foods to your kid’s diet you can prevent them from falling sick again and again by boosting their immunity.

GILOY:

It is a shrub and an essential herb in ayurvedic medicines. Giloy is used to treat a wide range of health conditions. It contains important plant compounds like terpenoids, alkaloids, lignans, and steroids. Research shows that these compounds have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antidiabetic properties, among other benefits which help to boost immunity.

TULSI:

Tulsi leaves have been scientifically proven to have medicinal properties. It also has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effects, rich in vitamin c and zinc and thus keeps the infection at a bay and naturally boosts the immunity.

AMLA:

Amla is a storehouse of antioxidants. It is one of the richest sources of vitamin C, which is known to boost immunity. It has antibacterial and astringent properties that boosts immunity.

ASHWAGANDHA:

As an anti-oxidant, boosting immunity is one of the most popular benefits of Ashwagandha for kids. The root activates and increases the levels of enzymes and macrophages, a type of white blood cell that kills bad viruses and bacterias. It also promotes the development of antibodies, which is a major factor in improving the body’s response to a health-threatening infection.

TURMERIC:

A compound found in turmeric, Curcumin, offers therapeutic relief and is a perfect immunity booster for kids. It has a a very high antioxidant value to protect body from invading infections. It is also rich in vitamin A, Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2) and vitamin C.

NUTS:

The vitamin E found in nuts like almonds, cashews, peanuts and hazelnut help the immune system to fight against invading bacteria. They are a great source of antioxidants that keep the body healthy and disease free by neutralizing free radicals and reducing inflammation.

SEEDS:

Seeds are an incredible source of nutrients. Sunflower seeds are rich in magnesium, vitamin E, antioxidants and good fats. Together they help to boost immunity. Pumpkin seeds are rich in Vitamin E which is necessary for immunity building and also packed with other bone-building nutrients like potassium, magnesium and vitamin K. Melon seeds are a good source of zinc. It helps to boost our immunity, helps in digestion, cell growth, and keeps your nervous system healthy.

ANTIOXIDANTS:

Cocoa contains flavonoid, a naturally occurring compound found in plants which act as antioxidant and help in counteracting free radicals in the body. Also rich in zinc, iron, copper, and vitamins like A, B12 and K. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant and has an ability to modulate host immune functions. Vitamin E is key for strong immunity and healthy skin and eyes. In recent years, vitamin E supplements have become popular as antioxidants.

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We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique Ayurvedic chocolate spread is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Let’s try to make every food a child wants to eat more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts.

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12 nutritious and easy food recipes for kids

The Corona pandemic has brought us many ups and downs, and we never expected to be trapped inside for so long. This period, however, has allowed us to reconnect with our family and spend quality time together. While being able to work from home was a lifesaver for working parents who were able to keep their children and jobs safe throughout the pandemic, it has also put a lot of pressure on mothers to fulfil the nutritional requirements of their fussy eaters. Growing children require a well-balanced and nutritious diet. However, children are often picky eaters with unpredictable eating patterns. This article provides easy food recipes to help your picky eater satisfy his/her nutritional needs. 

Major concerns in growing kids

There are two major concerns that are commonly observed in growing kids :

1. Fussy eating habits
  • Eat very little
  • Eat only a few types of food
  • Prolongs meal time
  • Refuses to try new foods
2. Lack of appetite
  • Not gaining weight
  • Having digestion related issues
  • Don’t eat food on time

However, this concern can be overcome by introducing preservative-free health food through easy food recipes or eating directly.

A) daily nutrition CHOCOLATE SPREAD FOR GROWING KIDS

You can include Kids Daily Nutrition Chocolate Spread in common and easy food recipes consumed by kids. This unique health food is made with clinically proven ingredients to support Immunity, strong bones, Brain development and Overall growth. It has 5 Ayurvedic herbs, 7 Nuts and seeds,  Zero preservatives, zero refined sugar and No palm oil. (7 Health foods for kids daily nutrition)

1 serving of Daily Nutrition Chocolate Spread gives 3.17g of protein with 122 calories

Ayurvedic chocolate spread by Iyurved

Children can eat it in most commonly consumed foods and acquire their daily nutritional benefits.

Healthy bread spread

Bread toast: Use it as a healthy bread spread.

Millet crepe/ Pancake recipe by Iyurved

Millet crepe / Pancake: Spread daily nutrition chocolate spread on the crepe/pancake – Recipe.

Roti

Roti: You may use it as a healthy roti spread.

Avocado Banana Pista Chocolate Mousse: Along with the other ingredients, use a tablespoon of daily nutrition chocolate spread – Recipe.

Biscuit: Mix daily nutrition chocolate spread to the biscuit dough – Recipe.

Oat chocolate bar: To make the bar more nutritious, add a spoonful of daily nutrition chocolate spread – Recipe.

B) DAILY NUTRITION SAVOURY SPREAD For Healthy weight gain of child

You can add Kids Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread in common and easy food recipes consumed by kids. This unique health food is made with clinically proven ingredients good for Healthy weight gain, Appetite, Eczema, Digestion, Immunity, Strong bones, Brain development and Overall growth. It has 5 Ayurvedic herbs, 7 Nuts and seeds,  Zero preservatives and No palm oil. (5 foods being the reason of weight gain & growth in children)

1 serving of Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread gives gives 6g of protein with 126 calories

Ayurvedic savoury spread by Iyurved

Children can eat it in most commonly consumed foods and acquire their daily nutritional benefits.

Watermelon paratha: Add daily nutrition savoury spread to paratha/ roti dough – Recipe.

Moong Dal Cheela: Mix daily nutrition savoury spread in the cheela batter to enhance its nutritive value – Recipe.

Sabudana Kheer: You can mix daily nutrition savoury spread to kheer – Recipe

Pumpkin Pancake: Adding a tbsp of daily nutrition savoury spread enhance flavours and provides added benefits – Recipe

Sesame jaggery Laddu: You can add daily nutrition savoury spread in laddu too- Recipe.

Indori poha with millet recipe by Iyurved

Indori poha with millet: Its so easy to add a spoon of daily nutrition savoury spread to the poha – Recipe.

Along with these easy food recipes, you can mix this heath food in roti/ pizza dough (Atta), dosa/ idli/ cheela batter, curries/ veggies/ dal/ puree/ cerelac/ cereal/ pasta sauce etc. If the child likes can be served directly too.

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We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique Ayurvedic spread is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Ayurvedic spread  by Iyurved

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8 proven benefits of using niacinamide for anti-ageing

using niacinamide by Iyurved

Every now and again, a new “it” ingredient appears in the skin-care market, even if it isn’t genuinely new. This season, niacinamide is the must-have skincare ingredient. It is gaining popularity since it is currently regarded as a golden standard remedy for a variety of skin issues, particularly anti-aging.

Niacinamide is one of the versatile, recognizable, desirable and safe skin care ingredients. It is a water soluble B3 vitamin. Well, If you’re not sure what it is, here’s what you should know before incorporating it into your skin-care regimen.

What is Niacinamide (vitamin B3)?

Niacinamide, often known as nicotinamide, is a water-soluble form of vitamin B3 that is not stored in the body and hence must be replenished. It is frequently promoted as a therapy for skin problems.

According to the findings, niacin (and hence niacinamide) works as a precursor of two biochemical cofactors that are required to repair, propagate, and function correctly skin cells. These provide energy to your cells while also allowing your body to absorb and destroy free radicals. Furthermore, niacinamide has been shown to help reduce wrinkles and fine lines by assisting in the creation of lipids that help maintain the skin’s protective barriers.

We do get vitamin B3 through foods but they are also found in some skin care products that help to improve skin visibly.

Benefits of Niacinamide for skin:

Niacinamide is well tolerated by all skin types and goes well with other skin care treatments. Let’s have a look at all the benefits of using niacinamide:

1. Lipid Barrier:

Niacinamide tends to boost the skin hydrating ability. It helps in resisting the moisture loss that keeps the skin away from dryness. Niacinamide assists in the creation of ceramide, a kind of lipid barrier that helps maintain skin’s protective barriers. It also helps with eczema.

2. Healthy skin:

Niacinamide aids in the formation of keratin, a protein that keeps the skin firm and healthy.

3. Reduce pores:

Niacinamide may help in natural reduction in pore size over the period of time. This is due to the fact that it normalises the pore lining, which has an impact on clogging and rough skin.

4. Sun damage protection:

Niacinamide has the ability to regenerate healthy skin cells while also shielding them from UV radiation harm. Additionally, it reduces inflammation and redness caused by sun damage and other skin conditions.

5. Reduces hyperpigmentation:

Niacinamide has been shown in a few tests to help brighten dark spots. Furthermore, it protects the skin from new discolorations. It lightens existing pigmentation and gives your skin a more even appearance. Additionally, it helps in reducing the dark circle.

6. Anti-ageing:

This form of vitamin B3 is well known for its anti-ageing properties. A study shows that niacinamide helps in reducing fine lines, wrinkles and skin sagging. Therefore, it helps in keeping the skin young, bright and supple.

7. Helps reduce pimples:

Using niacinamide over periods of time helps in reducing severe acne and pimples. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce pimples and acne.

8. Reduce environmental damage impact:

Niacinamide has a remarkable ability to rejuvenate and rebuild skin cells. It serves as a first line of defence and helps to strengthen the skin’s barrier against environmental harm. As a result, the skin remains youthful.

How to get started with Niacinamide?

Still thinking whether to include niacinamide in your skin care regime or not? Well, there is no reason to wait. This incredibly versatile B vitamin has numerous topical effects that help skin appear more even, younger, and brighter. In order to get the maximum benefits from niacinamide it is important to protect your skin with sunscreen.

It’s easy and safe to incorporate niacinamide into your skin care routine. Just buy and apply as directed. Some people might experience very mild irritation but it’s likely to go away after repeated use. To get the most out of niacinamide for the skin, it is advised to apply it in such a way that it will stay in contact with the skin for a good amount of time. Because niacinamide penetrates deeply into the skin and is quickly absorbed, you’ll want to give your skin time to absorb it and put it to work.

A 10% niacinamide works well for the skin. You can use it around your eyes too. In general, niacinamide can be applied at any time of day—one to two times per day, depending on the formulation. You can either use it alone or in combination with other products. 

Anti-ageing remedies at home:

Age cannot be reversed, but the indications of ageing can be slowed. A proper skin care regimen with the right components can assist. Furthermore, eating healthy foods for anti-aging benefits.

Coconut oil:

Apart from soothing, smoothing and nourishing the skin, coconut oil acts as an anti-ageing serum. It is rich in vitamins, vitamin A and fatty acids that reduce wrinkles, fine lines, damaged skin and hyperpigmentation. Moreover, it improves the skin elasticity to a greater extent. Dip cotton swab in the coconut oil. Apply in the affected areas. Leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse well.

Potato, tomato and lemon:

All these have one or more properties of making the skin softer, lighter and supple. It also promotes the synthesis of collagen thus, making you look younger.  Mix potato, tomato and lemon juice. Dip a cotton pad and place it on the eye for 20 minutes. Remove and massage for 5 minutes. Rinse well.

Vitamin E:

Vitamin E, greatly known for its antioxidant properties, repairs the damaged skin cells, dryness and tightens the skin too. It also lightens the dark areas and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. Take vitamin E and apply to the dark circle directly. Massage in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction for 10 mins. Leave it overnight. Rinse well in the morning.

Cucumber:

Cucumber is excellent for reducing ageing signs. It has a high-water content, which aids in skin hydration. It also tightens pores and slows down the ageing process thanks to its antioxidant (Foods rich in antioxidants) effects. Blend frozen cucumber slices with lemon juice. Apply on the face and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with normal water.

Recipe: Roasted Makhana Snack with hidden nuts and herbs

Let’s try to make every food a child wants to eat more tasty and nutritious with hidden herbs and nuts.

Roasted Makhana with Hidden Herbs and Nuts by Iyurved

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We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique Ayurvedic chocolate spread is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Let’s try to make every food a child wants to eat more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts.

Ayurvedic Teens Hormone Balance Chocolate Spread by Iyurved

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6 Best foods for digestion and constipation in kids

What is Digestion & why is it important for overall health?

Child’s gut is responsible for the child’s overall health and is connected to the child’s immune system, mood, mental health and body functioning.  Most of the diseases emerge in the gut, which is a component of a child’s digestive system.  Digestive tract plays a vital role in our body, as it is responsible for absorbing nutrients and eliminating waste. Digestion means breaking down food into nutrients, which is further used by the body for energy, growth and cell repair. If you want to set your child up for a lifetime of good health, it is essential to flourish the child’s digestive system with healthy bacteria.  Symptoms of digestive problems include diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, bloating, gas which negatively affects your child’s growth and development. In this article, you will learn about 6 best foods for digestion and constipation in kids. (How to boost immunity in kids?)

Preventive measures to improve the digestive system of kids:

  • Introducing small meals
  • Chewing food slowly and carefully
  • Fibre rich seasonal fruits and vegetables
  • Intake of plenty of water to cleanse child’s digestive system
  • Enough sleep helps to rejuvenate the child’s digestive system (Which foods help to sleep well?)
  • Reduced processed foods

What is constipation?

Constipation is a common problem in kids of all ages. Almost 1 out of 20 children is fighting with this. It is a condition when bowel movement becomes less frequent and stool becomes difficult to pass, which can cause pain and discomfort. Food rich in fiber can help in constipation. Every child has different bowel patterns; some children have bowel movement 1 to 2 times a day, while other children go once in two to three days. Constipation is not just about how often your baby poops, but it’s also about how difficult it is for your baby to poop (hard stool or hard potty). As long as your child is healthy and passes normal stool without any pain or discomfort, having a bowel movement every third day is normal.

Symptoms of constipation in babies:

  1. Less than three bowel movement per week
  2. Stool that is dry, hard and difficult to pass
  3. Crying during bowel movement
  4. Abdominal pain
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Feeling of bloating or uncomfortable
  7. Holding behavior such as crossing legs, clenching teeth, refusing to sit on the toilet, turning red in the face
  8. Trace of liquid stool in your child’s underwear
  9. Blood on the surface of hard stool

6 Best foods for Digestion & Constipation in kids:

Almonds:

Almonds are one of the best foods for digestion as they are rich in vitamin E and fiber, which promotes digestive health by increasing good bacteria in the gut. Each one ounce of almonds contains 4 grams of fiber and is also packed with healthy fats and protein. Hence, almonds are one of the best foods for digestion. Kids having constipation is very common nowadays primarily due to the food choices being high in sugar and sodium. 50% of any quantity of Almond is just fibre which helps in relieving constipation. (What are some brain foods for kids?)

Cashews:

Cashews are good source of fibre which aids in better digestion. Some research suggests that consuming whole, raw cashews benefits in weight loss too since only 70% fat of the nut is absorbed by the body and the rest is excreted with fibre. However excessive consumption may cause bloating.

Hazelnuts:

Hazelnuts are high in vitamin E, protein, healthy fat and dietary fiber which supports healthy bowel movements and prevents constipation. One ounce of hazelnuts contains around 2.7grams of your daily requirement of fiber. Therefore, hazelnuts are one of the best foods for digestion.

Seeds: 

Seeds like pumpkin, melon and sunflower are are also healthy foods for digestion. They are high in fat, mono and poly-unsaturated fats, Vitamin E, antioxidants, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and vitamin K. Pumpkin seeds solve dietary deficiencies, while sunflower and melon seeds boost metabolism and aids in digestion. Melon seeds are also a good source of zinc and it helps to boost our immunity, helps in digestion and overall growth and development. Sabja seeds and Chia seed benefits in treating digestion issues too, as both of them are high in fiber.

Herbs:

Since time immemorial, herbs like ashwagandha, mulethi, turmeric, shallaki, and brahmi have been shown to aid in various health benefits. Ashwagandha and Mulethi aid digestion and nutrition absorption and encourage the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestine. Brahmi and turmeric also helps to keep digestive issues at bay. Shallaki or Boswellia serrata has strong anti-inflammatory properties which helps to fight against inflammatory disorders of the digestive tract including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis etc.

Antioxidants – Vitamin E and rosemary extract:

Antioxidants, such as vitamin E, help to keep cells healthy by fighting free radicals. Rosemary extract is high in iron, calcium, vitamins A, C, and B6, and is commonly used to treat digestive issues and a lack of appetite. Antioxidants can be found in a variety of foods, including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and herbs and spices. (How Makhana or lotus seeds can help with digestion?)

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ON INGREDIENTS FOR Proper Digestion:

Turmeric/Curcumin: There is proven scientific research that supports how turmeric helps to promote digestive disorders. Read here:

Licorice/Mulethi/ Glycyrrhiza glabra: Here you can read the scientific study on how licorice helps in digestive health.

Nuts: Scientific research shows that high fiber content in nuts helps to prevent constipation. Read here.

Foods to avoid

Refined sugar: Excess sugar intake could affect digestion and digestive system, especially those with irritable bowel syndrome. Moreover, sugar damages the protein in our body, resulting in ageing of organs, which further compromises immunity, growth and functioning. Greatest source of sugar in the average kid’s diet are sugary snacks and beverages like cookies, cakes, candies, fruit juice, soda, and sports drinks. Everything that the child picks up to eat today has strains of added sugar in some form or the other.

Preservatives: Preservatives are linked with many health issues like gut health and inflammatory bowel disorders. Most of the packaged food companies are adding artificial preservatives to delay spoilage and contamination in foods.  Artificial preservatives such as nitrates, benzoates, sulfites, sorbates, parabens, formaldehyde, BHT, BHA and several others can cause serious health hazards such as hypersensitivity, allergy, asthma, hyperactivity, neurological damage.

Refined oil: The high temperature involved in the refining process removes all the natural and beneficial substances from the oil, which is not good for the digestive as well as respiratory health and ultimately affects your overall growth.

HOW TO FEED ALL THESE FOODS TO KIDS?

Now the question arises- how to include all these bitter Ayurvedic herbs, nuts, seeds and antioxidants in your child’s diet?

KIDS Daily nutrition savoury SPREAD

Ayurvedic Daily Nutrition Savoury spread by Iyurved

Specially designed for kids, this unique product is fortified with 5 Ayurvedic herbs, 7 Nuts and seeds,  Zero preservatives and No palm oil. Iyurved provides Daily Nutrition for kids to help digestion and constipation issues.

HOW CAN MY CHILD EAT THIS DAILY NUTRITION savoury SPREAD?

Iyurved Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread

You can mix in roti/pizza dough (atta), dosa/ idli/ cheela batter, curries/ veggies/ dal/ pasta sauce etc. If the child likes, can be served directly too.

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  • 6g protein per serve
  • Preservatives free
  • Prevents Constipation
  • Supports Digestion

TASTY NUTRITION FOR Digestion and constipation

DOES MY CHILD NEED IT?

Formulated with 18 nutrient-rich ingredients, Iyurved provides Daily Nutrition for kids to support digestion, overall growth and weight gain, especially for kids who typically:

  • Are facing any digestion issues
  • Have constipation problem (hard stool/tight potty)
  • Suffer from stomach pain, vomiting and gas
  • Do not meet daily nutritional requirements that help in digestion, overall growth and weight gain

WHAT IS SO UNIQUE ABOUT THIS PRODUCT?

Ayurvedic spread by Iyurved

Never has it been so easy to feed bitter Ayurvedic herbs and nuts to children in such a convenient format. This product has the following nutrients to support complete health:

  • Carbohydrates: provides energy
  • Protein: helps support muscle development
  • Fats: supports brain development
  • Fiber: supports digestion
  • Vitamin A, E: protects eyes and builds immunity
  • Vitamin B: supports energy formation in the body
  • Selenium, Vitamin C and Zinc: builds immunity
  • Iron and Copper: provides energy and supports brain development
  • Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Manganese, Vitamin K: supports bone development

This product has been developed by a nutritionist in close collaboration with one of the best food technologists in India. 


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Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique Ayurvedic savoury spread is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Ayurvedic spread  by Iyurved

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Roasted Makhana-Healthy snacks at evening

Recipe of roasted makhana with hidden herbs and nuts

Kids love to eat snacks. This makhana recipe for healthy snacks at evening helps to add nutrition to their favorite foods in a convenient way. Kid’s Nutrition is very important nowadays and preparing healthy food recipes for a child is not an easy task. Iyurved is happy to share lots of children’s food recipe ideas which are not only innovative but also very tasty. The recipes shared here are Kids approved!

Let’s try to make every healthy food recipe for a child more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts. Try this makhana recipe for healthy snacks at evening for babies, toddlers and kids.

roasted makhana recipe by iyurved
Ingredients
  • 1 bowl makhana/foxtail
  • 1 tbsp desi ghee
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon mint powder
  • Pinch Black pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • 1 tbsp Iyurved savoury spread(order here)
Procedure

Warm desi ghee in skillet/Kadhai. Put makhana and roast them for 7-10 minutes on low flame. Sprinkle salt, mint powder, chaat masala and black pepper powder over makhanas. Add Iyurved savoury spread(order here) and mix well. Easy, crispy and healthy snack is ready for kids.

Benefits OF ADDING DAILY NUTRITION SAVOURY SPREAD:
  • Improves muscle strength and body weight with high protein (6g protein in 1 serving)
  • Strengthens bones and improves height being rich in calcium
  • Boosts brain due to high omega-3 and natural brain herbs
  • Builds immunity due to presence of antioxidants and proven immunity herbs
  • Increases breast milk supply for lactating moms also provides folic acid for baby development

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Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique Ayurvedic spread is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.

Ayurvedic Savoury spread by Iyurved

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5 foods that help your child in sleeping well

Is your child facing difficulty in falling asleep? Do they often wake up multiple times during the night? Are they getting the recommended amount of sleep according to their age? Do you think your child is not sleeping well because of anxiety issues?

A proper night sleep is one of the most important factors in your kids overall development and an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. A decent sleep can make a positive impact on your child’s entire day. When your body does not have enough rest or sleep you may feel cranky and irritated but when it comes to kids, the effects of sleep deprivation (insufficient sleep) can lead to numerous developmental issues. Kids need to get enough night sleep so they can achieve their necessary growth milestones, play, learn and perform well. Not just for routine chores, but also for the brain to function at its best, it has to be well rested.

Studies have shown that kids who regularly get adequate amounts of sleep have improved attention, behaviour, learning, memory and most importantly, mental and physical health. Sleep disorder leaves a negative impact on brain development. Most of a baby’s brain development happens during night sleep. 10 days of 6 hours sleep, leads to a 400% dip in concentration. Most of the kids don’t get enough sleep as they are often busy with school, studies, sports and other activities.

Kids who sleep less can suffer from:
  • Crankiness or irritation
  • Mood swings
  • Lack of interest, alertness and motivation
  • Academic struggles
  • Trouble in concentrating
  • Headache from lack of sleep (Yes! this happens in kids too)
Foods to help kids in sleeping well
Nuts

Nuts like almonds, walnuts, pistachios and cashews are often considered to be a good food source for sleep. They contain melatonin (sleep hormone) as well as magnesium, vitamin B6, protein and zinc. Magnesium is helpful in promoting sleep because of its ability to reduce inflammation (body heat). The level of stress hormone cortisol, which is known to interrupt sleep, can be reduced by including nuts in your diet. (What nuts are easy protein sources?)

Pumpkin seeds

A study published in 2005 in Nutritional neuroscience suggested that consuming tryptophan alongside a carbohydrates source is one of the best ways to treat sleep deprivation. Pumpkin seeds may be small but they are packed with valuable nutrients. They are rich in healthy fats, magnesium, fiber, antioxidants and zinc. If your kid has trouble sleeping, give a few pumpkin seeds before bed with small amounts of carbohydrates such as a piece of fruit. It may be beneficial in providing the body with tryptophan needed for melatonin production, which can lead to better sleep. For younger kids, powdered pumpkin seeds can be an option.

Chamomile:

Chamomile is considered to be a safe and effective way to help a child relax. It’s a dried flower. These flowers are white and yellow and look like beautiful little daisies. Native to Europe and Asia. For centuries, it has been used for medicinal purposes to calm the mind and mildly induce sleep.It Improves relaxation and relieves stress, reduces anxiety, promotes sleep and relieves insomnia.

Lemon balm:

Lemon balm extracts: A Phytomedicine Compound Improves Symptoms of Hyperactivity, Attention Deficits, and Impulsivity in Children. As per the study conducted by NIH, The fraction of children having strong/very strong symptoms of poor ability to focus decreased from 75% to 14%, hyperactivity from 61% to 13%, and impulsiveness from 59% to 22%. Parent rated social behavior, sleep and symptom burden showed highly significant improvements. (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24837472/)

Antioxidants:

Pure Cocoa powder (unsweetened) contains brain boosting components as it is packed with a large number of antioxidants molecules, the main is epicatechin which is helpful to improve cognition in studies. Hence, cocoa powder is also an important brain development food for children.

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ON INGREDIENTS FOR SLEEP, ANXIETY, HYPERACTIVITY

This is a great research for kids stating how chamomile and lemon balm are 100% effective and safe.

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2796535/
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24837472/
Foods to avoid

Refined sugar: Sugar has been shown to increase restlessness at night and nighttime awakenings. The insulin helps your body to break down the sugar and convert it into energy at a time when your body needs to rest. As a result, you may end up feeling overstimulated and restless due to the excess energy. In a recent study, scientists offered strong evidence that sleep and sugar don’t mix. Moreover, sugar damages the protein in our body, resulting in ageing of organs, which further compromises immunity, growth and functioning.

Preservetives: Most of the packaged food companies are adding artificial preservatives to delay spoilage and contamination in foods.  Artificial preservatives such as nitrates, benzoates, sulfites, sorbates, parabens, formaldehyde, BHT, BHA and several others can cause serious health hazards such as hypersensitivity, allergy, asthma, hyperactivity, neurological damage.

Refined oil: The high temperature involved in the refining process removes all the natural and beneficial substances from the oil, which is not good for the digestive as well as respiratory health and ultimately affects your immunity.

How to feed all these foods to kids?

Now the question arises- how to include all these bitter Ayurvedic herbs, nuts, seeds and antioxidants in your child’s diet?

Kids & teens sleep well chocolate spread
Health food to relax and sleep

Specially designed for kids who has difficulty in falling asleep, this unique product is Formulated with 13 nutrient-rich ingredients, No refined sugar and Zero preservatives. Iyurved provides Daily Nutrition for Kids & Teens to help in calming, relaxing and sleeping well

Does my child need it?

Formulated with 13 nutrient-rich ingredients, Iyurved provides Daily Nutrition for kids & teens to help them Sleep Well (Relax and Calm), especially for kids who typically:

  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Are restless and excessively active
  • unable to focus and inattentive
  • Are aggressive and fidgety
What is so unique about this product?

Never has it been so easy to feed bitter Ayurvedic herbs  and nuts to children in such a convenient format. This innovative product makes it easy to feed Ayurvedic herbs combined with daily nutrition of nuts to the child everyday. This product has the following nutrients to support complete health:

  • Carbohydrates: provides energy
  • Protein: helps support muscle development
  • Fats: supports brain development
  • Fiber: supports digestion
  • Vitamin A, E: protects eyes and builds immunity
  • Vitamin B: supports energy formation in the body
  • Selenium, Vitamin C, and Zinc: builds immunity
  • Iron and Copper: provides energy and supports brain development
  • Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Manganese, Vitamin K: supports bone development

Tasty Nutrition for peaceful sleep in kids

1-2 Spoons one hour before bed time

This product has been developed by a nutritionist in close collaboration with one of the best food technologists in India.

PRODUCTS:

We are happy to introduce our range of nutritious & tasty kids Ayurvedic food!!
We know that preparing and feeding healthy foods everyday is a huge task. Even more tough when kids are picky eaters. Kids prefer certain foods and formats. It is not easy to feed kids bitter Ayurvedic herbs, variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds everyday.
Mixed with Ayurvedic herbs, this unique Ayurvedic chocolate spread is an easy solution to feed daily nutrition for Immunity, Brain development, Bone strength and overall-growth to kids without any fuss.


Ayuredic chocolate spread by Iyurved

India’s First Tasty Kids Nutrition fortified with Ayurvedic herbs.

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10 amazing health benefits to include honey in kids diet

Benefits to honey

Honey is a delicious and healthy natural ingredient that everyone knows about. It is one of nature’s most wonderful gifts, and it can benefit a child’s health in a number of ways. It is a natural sweetener, thus it is preferable to refined sugar. Most parents have switched from refined sugar to honey and jaggery as alternatives. It has a good nutritional value, as well as a high amount of phytochemicals and flavonoids. It has long been utilised in Ayurvedic medicine for a variety of purposes.

When can I give honey to the baby?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions by parents to their paediatricians. Honey has excellent therapeutic properties that can really help us, however, it is not recommended for newborns under the age of one year. It is, of course, natural and beneficial, but your baby is not yet ready for it. This is to prevent infant botulism, a disease that can be caused in children under the age of one year consuming honey.
Clostridium botulinum, a spore-forming bacteria found in honey, can proliferate in the intestine. Because newborns have an immature digestive system that cannot fight off clostridium spores, the bacteria releases toxins that might irritate the little one’s gut. However, is safe for children over the age of one since their digestive systems are mature enough to eliminate bacteria from the body.

Honey nutritional value:

It provides numerous health benefits as well as a high nutritional value. It also has trace levels of vitamins and minerals.

Health benefits of honey for kids

Some of the amazing health benefits to include honey in a kid’s diet for growth and development are: 

1. Serves as an excellent nutrient storehouse

Honey’s nutritive value is remarkable, as it contains the majority of vital nutrients. Because children are fussy eaters, they often skip out on many of these nutrients, which honey might help to fill. Honey is high in calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, niacin, and riboflavin, all of which aid in the prevention of nutritional deficiencies. (7 health foods for kid’s daily nutrition)

2. Helps in digestion

Honey is an excellent food for boosting digestion in children and treating digestive problems. It is a good prebiotic that aids in the maintenance of healthy gut flora. It also aids in the treatment of constipation and speeds up the process of digestion. In addition to preventing stomach ulcers, honey can help with indigestion, bloating, and flatulence.

3. Treats sore throat/ cough

One of the most common honey benefits for health is – its cure for sore throat /cough. It has been used in Ayurveda and other natural therapies to treat a sore throat in various forms. Honey is antimicrobial in nature and can help soothe a dry, sore throat. It coats the throat and helps sick children sleep easier, especially if they have a nighttime cough. (7 foods to boost immunity in kids)

4. Relieves constipation and diarrhea

Honey can aid with constipation and improve digestive function, but it can also be used as a home treatment for diarrhea. Honey has been shown in studies to improve the recovery process by delaying bowel movements. It’s also a more appealing alternative for kids. (Foods rich in fibre to treat constipation)

5. Relieves gastric reflux

Honey can be used to relieve acid reflux symptoms in children. Honey helps to treat this problem by lining the oesophagus and stomach wall. This limits the upward flow of food and stomach fluid, providing relaxation.

6. Helps in healing 

Honey is well-known for its healing properties. It is used to treat lesions, bug bites, burns, boils, and sores due to its antibacterial and wound-healing characteristics. In kids, a mixture of honey, and olive oil may aid in the treatment of damaged skin and disorders such as psoriasis or atopic dermatitis.

7. Heals mouth ulcers

Mouth ulcers can be extremely painful, especially in children. Applying little honey mixed with turmeric on the mouth ulcer helps in healing faster. 

8. Heals toothaches

When you have a bad toothache, honey is an excellent pain reliever. Honey, combined with a pinch of cinnamon, is an effective toothache remedy. Make a paste with one teaspoon of cinnamon and 2-3 teaspoons of honey and apply it immediately to the painful teeth. (Home remedies for tooth decay)

9. Alleviates muscle pain

Honey can aid kids with muscle pain and even growing pains. Drinking a glass of warm water with a teaspoon of honey will help greatly.

10. Treats asthma

Honey can aid children with asthma, especially if they experience symptoms in the middle of the night. It has the ability to relieve congestion and allows for easier breathing.

Honey use for colds and coughs in kids:

It has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, which is why it is used as a natural cold and cough relief. Giving pasteurized honey before sleep provides some relief from cough and cold symptoms in children over the age of one year. (Home remedies and foods for cough and cold )

Honey is used in various ways, especially during sickness. Adding honey to warm water with a pinch of tulsi has proven to be effective, and it is also the most usual method of use. This combination will help the child’s throat feel better, boosts immunity while also increasing his or her metabolism. 

How much honey can my child consume?

Avoid giving honey to children below one year of age. For, children with the age of 

  • 1- 2 years: 2 tsp honey
  • 3- 6 years: 2 ½ tsp honey
  • Above 6 years : 3 tsp honey

Ways to include honey in your child’s diet :

Honey should be progressively introduced into a child’s diet. This will allow you to check for any potential allergic reactions. However, you can add honey to milk, spread it on bread, drizzle on pancakes and can use it as an alternative to refined sugar in baked goods. 

Follow these precautions while giving honey to your child

Here are few things you can keep in mind while giving honey to your child. 

  • Honey should not be given to children in excess. It is high in calories and contains free sugars like fructose, which can lead to unwanted weight gain, dental caries, and gastric issues. 
  • Check the manufacturing date and ingredients listed on the label.
  • Do not leave it open without a lid, as it may get contaminated by insects and dust.
  • Store the honey bottle in a cool place.
  • Honey can sometimes lead to breathing difficulty in children caused due to allergic reactions. So, if you identify any such problem, it is better to reach out to your pediatrician immediately.

Raw honey or processed honey: which is better?

Raw honey has nutrients in its natural state, but it also includes natural poisons which can induce honey poisoning showing symptoms such as low blood pressure, nausea, and vomiting. When honey is processed, the toxins are diluted and may not have a negative impact on the body. Honey that has been processed is also devoid of pollen grains and dust particles. This implies that processed honey has fewer hazards than raw honey, but raw honey has a higher nutritional value than processed honey.

Honey contains nutrients such as vitamins and minerals that are often lacking in simple sugar, making it a healthier alternative to refined sugar. Remember to gradually introduce honey so that your child gets familiar with the flavour and their body adjusts to the new dietary item. Once your child has developed a taste for honey, you may incorporate it into his or her balanced diet to make it more healthy.

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