Fasting for children can be intimidating because it is applied in a way not to eat or drink until sunset. However, fasting for children not only psychologically healthy, but also physically able to train the child to control hunger and thirst. Therefore, parents need to prepare children before they are really ready to run.
According to Dr. MSY Rita Dewi SpA (K) from the hospital. Dr Mohammad Hoesin Palembang, a five-year-old child can be introduced to fasting. How, do not jump up suddenly full sun. In psychology, begin to train a child up to four hours of fasting. Because gastric emptying in children an average of up to four hours. If the child already feels thirsty and hungry, then it should not be imposed, should be given to eat and drink, "said Dr. Rita.
He continued, the next day to try to fast again, but slowly pushed back the time to eat and drink, so the body can tolerate the emptiness of the stomach. Especially for preschool children are still in the growth process must be ensured that these activities do not interfere with the fast growth process of the child.
"Choose a menu of good food and nutritionally balanced. Balance of calories in must be considered so it will not interfere with the growth of children. At the very least, the consumption of foods commonly eaten in a day-to-day when not fasting, "he said.
Serve foods that are diverse and contain the complete nutritional elements, such as proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Member should not stimulate food and beverage during Iftar, because it would interfere with the work of the stomach, such as acidic foods, drinks, bersantan, or spicy.
"When breaking, give one glass of milk that is not too sweet and not too cold. More hot drinks recommended for children who are full of fast, considering the condition of an empty stomach for a long time. Also, choose fruits that are easily absorbed by the body which can be a source of energy so that children could soon be fit again after taking it, "he explained.
Vary your diet at home so that children do not lack a certain nutritious substances and inadequate fluid needs of children. Do not let children become dehydrated during fasting. "Try at dawn, taking the source of protein, carbohydrates, and rich in fiber. Such as meat, eggs, fish, nuts, vegetables, and fruits. Fat and protein reserves will be longer lasting energy than carbohydrates no fibrous portions and arrange for the child not to satiety. "She concluded