Salt for Babies and Children

Babies and children only need a very small amount of salt in their diets. High salt intake can cause dehydration, is linked with various chronic diseases including high blood pressure and may give a “taste for salt” which can cause health problems in later life. Salt is also called sodium choride. Sometimes food labels provide … Continue reading Salt for Babies and Children

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Screen Time

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have published new policy statements on digital media use by infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and in school-aged children (ages 5 to 18).The following are some of the key points: Excessive digital media use is associated with obesity, shorter sleep duration and delays in cognitive, language and social/emotional development in young children. Avoid … Continue reading Screen Time

Cut the Sugar

    A new statement from the American Heart Association this week, recommends reducing intake of sugar for children. Specifically, it recommends: Children ages 2 to 18 should consume less than six teaspoons (25g) of added sugars per day. Children and teens should limit their intake of sugar-sweetened drinks to no more than eight ounces weekly (240mls). … Continue reading Cut the Sugar

School Lunches

  Need some inspiration for school lunches? Here are links to some great resources: Healthy Lunchboxes The centre pages of this 8 page booklet from SafeFood, Ireland provides a helpful "at a glance" guide to the food groups and how many servings to pick from each. It also includes food safety information and a 5-day lunchbox … Continue reading School Lunches