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Query from: Amudha Chandran, India, 09/19/06
Topic: HEALTH      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: applying kajal for the new born baby

Can i appply kajal for the new born baby..

My daughter is about 4 months old. Doctors had asked us not to apply kajal for the eyes it is true?

if at all i can apply which would be the best, the homemade one or which is available in the shop.

HOw to prepare kajal at home?

I am staying in Hyderabad. Andhra pradesh

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Response from: Vini K ,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Hi Amudha,kajal has traditionally been applied to a baby's eyes to prevent it from "Evil EYE" of certain people.I would however,suggest that you prepare the kajal at home using pure ingredients,and make sure that the container in which you store the kajal is clean and dry.This will help prevent infections.I would not suggest that you apply store bought kajal tot he eyes as it may give rise to allergic reactions in the baby.I myself have itchy eyes when I apply store bought kajal.

My mother prepares kajal at home.This is how she makes it:

Take a clean new white cloth,and soak it in chandan paste.Dry it.The,smear a brass plate with garlic juice(take care not to let any pips come out into the juice).Roll the cloth(about 5inches by 5 inches)into a thin wick.My mother puts ajwain seeds in the cloth before rolling up and tying it with a thread to keep it from unrolling).Then,pour refined castor oil into a deepam made of mud.Soak the wick into this oil, and light the wick.Place the deepam between two bricks so that you achieve a platform on which to rest the garlic-smeared brass plate.Invert the plate onto the deepam and let it remain undisturbed until the deepam goes out.

After the plate has cooled down,take out the plate carefully and scrape off the carbon powder that is deposited on the brass plate into a clean container,preferably steel.Use a drop of castor oil to make it into a paste.Use this for applying to baby's eyes.Even you can use it.

Castor oil is considered good for improving eyelashes, and the garlic and chandan provide coolness to the eyes.

If you cannot make this at home,then ask your mother or MIL to make it for you.I applied this kajal to my daughter's eyes when she was young and so did my sister when she had her baby.Both children have never had any problems with this.Hope this helps you.goodluck.

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Response from: V A,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Doctors are against the principle of applying the kajal in the eyes of the babies.

But if you go by the old wives tales it said that applying almond home made kajal will make the eyes to grow big. Though the same cant be proved scientifically.

You can make almond kajal at home.

Here we go:

Take an almond & light it & let it catch the flame.

Place a steel spoon or a small plate above the flame.

Carbon soot will get collected on the spoon / plate.

Later whenever applying touch your finger which you will be using for applying the kajal to castor oil such that only 1/10 or 1/20 of a drop touches your finger.

Now rub the finger, which has oil on it to spoon / plate which has carbon soot, & apply it to your bundle of joy.

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Response from: Kamala Swaminathan,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Hi,

Your doctor is right. We should not apply kajal or anything to the babies. That too applying kajal on the babies eyes will cause eye irritation and it will lead to more eye problems. So pleae adhere to the advice of the doctor.

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Response from: Bhuvana E,   
Featured Member on Ammas.com
Hi Amudha chandran,

Doctors advise the best,Some products in the market are not original so in a precautionary method Doctors they advise not to use. Its not required to use kajal for babies now. Incase you are sentimental ,use the kajal as a dot in the cheeks,or left feet like that. Babies are very sensitive they might have burning sensation...

Homemade: http://www.ayurvediccure.com/kajal.… Kajal Kajal is an eye darkener - a liner, which is applied on the inner eyelids. It is a thick black paste. It has a base of castor oil and hence is cooling to the eyes, apart from enhancing the looks.

This home-made Kajal is used even for infants since it is a very good coolant for the eyes and protect the eyesight and vision. The preparation of this kajal is also a very interesting process. A clean, white, thin muslin cloth measuring 4*4 inch is taken.This is repeatedly dipped in sandalwood paste or juice of Manjal karisilanganni(Alstonia scholaris (Linnaeus) R. Brown) and dried in shade. This dip and dry process is done through the whole of the day.After sunset , make a wick out of this cloth and lit a mud lamp with this filled with castor oil. A brass vessel is kept over the lamp , leaving a little gap enough for the oxygen to aid the burning of the lamp.This is left burning overnight. Next day morning add one or two drops of pure ghee(made by melting cow's butter) or castor oil to the soot deposited on the brass vessel and store it in a clean dry box. This can be used on a daily basis as a coolant for the eyes and it adds lovely colour too, without any harm of chemicals. All the ingredients used in this preparation(sandalwood/Manjal karsilanganni , castor oil/Ghee) are supposed to have very good medicinal properties and they are still used in Indian medicinal therapies like ayurveda and Siddha medicines.

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Response from: Keep Smiling .,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Doctors are right.4 months is too young for applying kajal. You can wait for an year. You can apply it when she is 1 year old.

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Response from: Latha Jayaprakash,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Dear amudha,

I do not know about what the doctor said. There ae many who say like that. But I have put kajal on my kids eyes when they were small. Now they are grown up and I have not found any problem with them. All these days we Indians have been doing that. I have used both . Home made for the first few months an then Eyetex kajal ( small black box ) which we say " Kann Mashi " For home made Kann Mashi. Take a new plate and smear it with gingelly (Til) oil and show it over the Vilakku .The soot which forms in the plate is used as home made Kann mashi. In Kerala we start doing this from the 28th day after the baby is born. All the best

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Response from: C. Raj, United Kingdom,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Amuda,

You can apply kajal, but please ensure that your daughter doesnt have any side reaction. Before you apply to her eyes, apply it as a Bindi on her forehead and see if the skin has any reactions.

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Response from: muhammad quresh,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Hi!

These days the doctors forbid from many traditional treatments. I think it is due to their materialistic mind. The traditional treatment really works great.

You can use kajal for your 3 months old daughter. Even some people use kajal for babies very early. i suggest home made kajal for your baby.

Preparation of kajal:

Take a clean, white, thin muslin cloth measuring 4*4 inch. Dip it in sandalwood paste or juice of Manjal karisilanganni and then dry in shade. Repeat this dip and dry process throughout the day. After sunset, make a wick out of this cloth and lit a mud lamp with this filled with castor oil. Keep a brass vessel over the lamp, leaving a little gap enough for the oxygen to aid the burning of the lamp. Left this wick to burn overnight. Next day morning add one or two drops of pure ghee or castor oil to the soot deposited on the brass vessel and store it in a clean dry box. This can be used on a daily basis as a coolant for the eyes and it adds lovely color too, without any harm of chemicals.

Bye

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Response from: Adraya Subramaniyan,   
Registered Member on Ask Agent
Unless prepared properly you can not apply it. the procedures to be adopted to prepare Kajal is as follows.

1.Buy pure 100% perfect caster Oil from Shop. (get sure that they are not chemical mixed ... available at Country Item selling shops )

2. pour it in Villaku (Deepam )(Kamaksi Deepam is better) . 3. Keep it at the corner of the Hall/room and keep thick cotton wicks lying inside the Castor Oil . 4. Have bricks both side of the lamp to support a plate Thambalam (Copper Plate, Silver Plate )on top of the Lamp . and keep the THambalam with little higher to the fire.Ensure about air flow. 5. Every 2 hours check for oil and pour frequently . Keep for minimum 6 to 12 Hours. 6. Gradually Carbon will be formed on the plate. 7. Scratch gently and gather neatly in a plate and again pour Caster Oil on the carbon gathered and until it has come pasty. This is the way preparing hygenic Kajal tought by our grand ma, and forgotten one. Keep them in a clean small air tight tin .

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Response from: Lathaa Manavalan,   
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Commercial Kajal are a source of lead poisoning and doctors strictly recommend to avoid using kajal for new borns. It may spread and a source of infection it may carry into the body.

Home-made Kajal is used even for infants since it is a very good coolant for the eyes and protect the eyesight and vision. The preparation of this kajal is also a very interesting process. A clean, white, thin muslin cloth measuring 4*4 inch is taken.This is repeatedly dipped in sandalwood paste or juice of Manjal karisilanganni(Alstonia scholaris (Linnaeus) R. Brown) and dried in shade. This dip and dry process is done through the whole of the day.After sunset , make a wick out of this cloth and lit a mud lamp with this filled with castor oil. A brass vessel is kept over the lamp , leaving a little gap enough for the oxygen to aid the burning of the lamp.This is left burning overnight. Next day morning add one or two drops of pure ghee(made by melting cow's butter) or castor oil to the soot deposited on the brass vessel and store it in a clean dry box. This can be used on a daily basis as a coolant for the eyes and it adds lovely colour too, without any harm of chemicals. All the ingredients used in this preparation(sandalwood/Manjal karsilanganni , castor oil/Ghee) are supposed to have very good medicinal properties and they are still used in Indian medicinal therapies like ayurveda and Siddha medicines.

Kajal can also be a girls name in India.

Some women also add a dot of kajal on the left side of the foreheads of babies and children, to protect them from 'buri nazar'. 'Buri nazar' literally means 'bad glance', and is comparable to the 'evil eye', although it can be interpreted as ill-wishes of people, or even lustful eyes, in the sense of men ogling women, as is passingly mentioned in 'Devdas', the movie starring Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Madhuri Dixit and others

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Response from: Geetha Gopakumar,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
May be, because the infact baby keeps eyes shut most of the time.The usage of Kohl (Kajal or surma) in the baby’s eyes may cause infection and discharge in the eyes. Many surma’s and Kajals contain lead, which can be poisonous if used over prolonged period of time. Most of the constituents of surma or kajal are washed away during bathing or they pass down into the nose through a little opening between the eyes and nose called nasolacrimal duct. This duct is very small and therefore gets blocked easily. The blockage may cause infection and discharge from the eyes.

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