Preventing Peanut Allergy

Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies in childhood. Prevalence is up to 3% in some populations, and the allergy will continue in to adulthood for 80% of those affected. People living with peanut allergy, and their caregivers, must be vigilant about the foods they eat and the environments they enter to … Continue reading Preventing Peanut Allergy

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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

Healthy Eating for Breastfeeding Mums

Read here for information on healthy eating while breastfeeding. Read here about foods to avoid during breastfeeding. Guidelines for vitamin D supplementation are as follows: Infants (to 12 months, regardless of mode of feeding): 10ug (micrograms) or 400IU International units) of vitamin D (vitamin D3, cholecalciferol) daily Breastfeeding mums: 15ug (micrograms) or 600IU (International units) of vitamin D (vitamin … Continue reading Healthy Eating for Breastfeeding Mums