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Introducing Ramadan Fasting to Children: A Doctor's Top Tips

Important Ramadan fasting tips for children that parents must keep in mind during the Holy Month

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12 March 2024

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Top tips to introduce Ramadan fasting to children

Ramadan fasting advice for kids and parents.

"Children may fast during Ramadan with guidance from their parents," said Dr. Abedalsalam Bdour, Consultant General Paediatrics at Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital Abu Dhabi.

"It’s essential to approach children’s fasting with care, considering their age, health, and individual needs," he added.

Here are some top tips for parents to keep in mind when introducing Ramadan fasting to children.

1. Start with short fasting periods

"One crucial tip is to gradually introduce fasting to children, starting with shorter durations and increasing as they grow older," Dr. Abedalsalam adviced.

This gradual approach helps them adapt to the physical and mental aspects of fasting, ensuring a positive and sustainable experience.

2. Get kids involved in iftar and suhoor preparations

Another important tip is to involve children in the preparation and planning of meals during the non-fasting hours.

This not only educates them about the significance of Ramadan but also empowers them to make healthier food choices.

How to help kids start fasting for Ramadan

3. Keep a healthy diet

Ensuring a balanced and nutritious diet during suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and iftar (breaking fast) helps children maintain their energy levels throughout the day.

"Parents should prioritise foods rich in protein, complex carbohydrates, and fruits and vegetables to sustain their children’s well-being during the fasting period," suggested Dr. Abedalsalam.

4. Parents must be flexible and open to communication

Communication and understanding are key aspects of supporting children during Ramadan. Parents should create an open dialogue with their children, discussing their feelings, concerns, and any challenges they may be facing while fasting.

It’s important to be flexible and considerate, allowing children to opt-out of fasting on certain days if they feel unwell or overwhelmed.

Encouraging a positive and supportive environment fosters a healthy relationship between children and the spiritual practice of fasting, making it a meaningful and enriching experience for them.

Authored by Dr. Abedalsalam Bdour.

Dr. Abedalsalam Bdour, Consultant General Paediatrics at Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital Abu Dhabi

Dr. Abedalsalam Bdour
Consultant General Paediatrics
Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital, Abu Dhabi

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