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


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