The first fasting experience for any child during Ramadan is very significant, however, it could be difficult. Fasting for so many hours in a day is a tiring prospect, especially as they need to study and learn new things at school.
As such, it’s important to make their first experience a positive one.
Here are some tips on how you can help them through the process:
Always be positive yourself and acknowledge their determination
It is important to always acknowledge the efforts of your child, no matter how small. They might have seen you fasting growing up and would be eager to do the same, however, their body needs to get used to it. Try to ease them into fasting by keeping half-day fasts at first and then full-day fasts during the weekend. Always tell them how wonderful they are doing and celebrate their achievements.
Promote Healthier Fasting
When your children fast, ensure that they have healthy meals for Iftar and Suhoor. Fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and other nutritious foods will help them get through the day. Also, ensure that they have a lot of liquid during these times.
Let them do what they can
It would be a lot of pressure for children to fast for the whole month in one go. Let them do whatever is possible for them. Hear them out if they are tired or feeling faint.
We hope that these tips will help you and your child! For further consultation, book an appointment with Neuropedia. Call 04 343 1113.