It is so easy to use food as a comfort or a distraction when a child is upset or irritable. The other day I was in the supermarket with my 15 month-old granddaughter. I had nearly finished buying what I needed when she started to become grisly. My first thought was...read more
Who of us hasn't said at some stage, "If you eat some vegetables, you can have dessert". The question’s are, does this strategy work in the long run? Is it meeting your feeding goals? and why do you feel so much pressure to get your child to eat vegetables? When we...read more
I've talked about growth charts before in relation to concerns about children who are petite. Recently I have consulted a few parents who are concerned that their child is overweight. When we have looked at their weight for age and height, they have been growing at a...read more
Would you like to get your evening back?When I hear that parents are preparing more than one meal each evening, I am not surprised that they find feeding their family stressful. They start food preparation in the afternoon and finish after feeding their children and...read more
When I am working with parents, I often ask them to tell me some of the meals they cook for their family. When it comes to parents of a child who is selective or fussy, they will usually have a small list of meals. I will ask them to think about increasing the variety...read more
With holidays approaching, it's more difficult to keep to the regular routine of feeding your family. You may be going away or having a break from work and school. The usual rush in the morning and the pressure to get a meal on the table in the evening dies down. For...read more
As part of an initial consultation, I ask parents to bring their child's growth chart. It never ceases to amaze me how each chart and each child is unique. Look around your playgroup, pre school or school and you will see what I mean. Every child is a different size...read more
Many of us grew up having two distinct courses for our evening meal. The 'main' course was usually meat, fish, chicken or a vegetarian option served with vegetables. When I was a child, many years ago, pasta and rice were not included very often unless you were...read more
When I ask parents about their concerns regarding their child's eating, they often reply with 'they won't try new foods'. They will often add ' they used to like it ( broccoli, meat...) but have stopped eating it'. This is perfectly normal.Many babies will eat...read more
What happens when children graze or help themselves to snacks throughout the day? They usually have eaten their quota of food before dinnertime. Children are born knowing how many calories/kilojoules they need to eat each day. If they are eating small amounts often,...read more
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Paediatric Dietitian Sydney
Eve Reed is the director of FamilyFoodWorks and is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 30 years experience working with children and parents and other health professionals, with an extensive background in child and adolescent nutrition, early childhood care, childbirth education and breastfeeding and counselling. She specialises in paediatric nutrition with a special interest in feeding behaviours, weight management and assessment of children’s/adolescent’s diets.