KAUMARABHRITYA

Deals with “bharana of kumara “ which means nourishing, supporting, maintaining etc of children. It also deals with the topics of wet- nurse, disorders of breast milk and its treatment, diseases in children caused by consumption of vitiated breast milk and by affliction of grahas along with their treatment. It also deals with the post natal care of the mother. The discipline of Kaumarabhritya finds a parallel in the modern discipline of pediatrics.

Pediatrics (or paediatrics) is the branch of medicine that deals with the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. A medical practitioner who specializes in this area is known as a pediatrician, or paediatrician. The word pediatrics and its cognates mean healer of children; they derive from two Greek words: παῖς (pais = child) and ἰατρός (iatros = doctor or healer).

In the United States, a pediatrician (US spelling) is often a primary care physician who specializes in children, whereas in the Commonwealth a paediatrician (British spelling) generally is a medical specialist not in primary general practice.

Neonatology is a subspecialty of pediatrics that consists of the medical care of newborn infants, especially the ill or premature newborn infant. It is a hospital-based specialty, and is usually practiced in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). The principal patients of neonatologists are newborn infants who are ill or requiring special medical care due to prematurity, low birth weight, intrauterine growth retardation, congenital malformations (birth defects), sepsis, pulmonary hyperplasia or birth asphyxias.