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Do you know a child with a food allergy?

Do you know a child with a food allergy?

  It’s most likely you do, as around 1 in 20 children have a food allergy. It’s 1 in 10 for babies and less for older children as many babies grow out of their food allergy by the time they go to school. What is an allergy? An allergy occurs when the immune system...
Brain food

Brain food

What we know about breakfast Parents are continually being told that children learn better at school when they have had breakfast. Even so, by late primary school nearly one quarter of children go to school without having had breakfast and this number increases as...
“Trendy” diets for children

“Trendy” diets for children

Why do we find it so difficult to enjoy eating a wide variety of foods that are wholesome and mainly unprocessed? Since the mid twentieth century we have had an increasing abundance of food in first world countries and at the same time the average life expectancy has...
Do you trust your child’s appetite?

Do you trust your child’s appetite?

  Infants and children know how much to eat. In the first six months of life, they need either breastmilk or infant formula. A breastfed baby starts eating when it is hungry and stops when it is full without us even knowing how much they ate. This is the same for a...

To plate or not to plate

As a children’s dietitian, I am not only interested in the ‘what’ of feeding your child but also in ‘how’ of feeding. How to feed your child differs from one developmental stage to the next. Initially you feed from the breast or from a...
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