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Sidra Medicine wishes you a happy and healthy Ramadan. Though children are exempt from fasting, many do observe the Ramadan fast. To ensure a safe fasting for your children, please follow the below tips:
Support your children especially if they fast for the first time.
Encourage you children to fast gradually so that their bodies can get used to going long hours without food
Encourage your children to break the fast with dates and/or water.
Encourage your children to eat Iftar meal slowly and take time to chew their food well
Make sure your child’s meals include all food group such as grains, meat, fruit and vegetables.
Encourage your child to drink plenty of water between Iftar meal and Suhoor meal (6-8 cups).
Prepare healthy high energy Suhoor meal that contain carbohydrates such as:rice and bread , protein such as: meat and chicken , and fibre such as:fruits and vegetables . this helps to provide your child with energy during fasting period
Encourage your child to avoid eating salty food, fatty food, junk food and high sugar food.
Encourage your child to eat more fruits and vegetables between iftar and suhor meals.
Encourage your child to drink fresh juices and other healthy drinks such as: milk and laban to help them stay hydrated during fasting period
Make sure that your child wake up for Suhoor meal. This will help them to stay focused in classes and through the day.
Involve your child in preparing Iftra meal and make their favorite meals.
Do not allow your child to fast without Suhoor meal as it can make them weak and tired.
Allow your child to break the fast if they feel tired or dizzy.
Make sure that your child sleeps at least 8 hours at night and a day nap can help them through the day.
Avoid heavy exercises which may make your child thirsty and exhausted during fasting