These tips are gleaned from the experience of first-time parents travelling on long-haul overseas flights to the USA and Europe for 6-8 weeks at a time. We travelled on three occasions, when our son was 6 months, 12 months and 18months of age. Here are some of the challenges we faced and some suggestions we can share. We were fortunate to be travelling on business class for most of the long trips, which was a privilege and a god-send! Nappy changes Very difficult on the plane
Babies are all very different and develop at different stages; this includes their ability to learn how to take solids and to speak. Some factors that may contribute to oral and speech development can be their environment, birth order, being a twin, their personality or have parents or caregivers speak to them in more than one language. Even their parent’s skills and abilities could affect not only their ability to take solids but also the development of their speech. Thing
Part 2 of Fussy Feeders In the previous article I discussed some of the behavioural reasons behind fussy feeding. This month I would like to take a closer look at those children who are plainly not comfortable while eating or are literally starving themselves. These babies are often labelled ‘Failure to Thrive’ babies. They are babies and toddlers that are not gaining weight they should or are under weight.
Having worked amongst many babies and toddlers who either fuss
Having worked amongst many babies and toddlers who either fuss at the breast/bottle or are refusing or fussy with their solids I would like to discus some of the reasons I have found are quite common causes of this fussiness. Fussy feeders covers quite a large age range from newborns through to childhood and can be due to various reasons and therefore should be looked at closely to decide if or not is behavioural or is there some other more sinister cause. In this article I
I have started this page to help families find and experiment with new recipes to help children enjoy their food. We would like you to get involved and send us your family's favourite recipes. These recipes can be for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks between meals, they may be for lunch boxes or picnics or camping. They can be simple or involved recipes and we love trying out recipes from different cultures too. If you would like to share your recipes with us we would b
We all need iron for brain function, energy and growth (in children) and to fight infections. Iron carries oxygen in the blood to cells around the body including the brain. Our immune system also depends on iron to work properly. Pregnant women Pregnant women have an increased amount of blood and therefore need more iron to carry extra oxygen. Infants Infants have stores of iron from the pregnancy, however these stores run out after about six months. After this infants nee
Congenital hypothyroidism due to iodine deficiency is the most common preventable cause of mental retardation in the world. Iodine is not produced by our bodies so it must become an essential part of our diet. Iodine deficiency can lead to enlargement of the thyroid, hypothyroidism and to mental retardation in infants and children whose mothers were iodine deficient during pregnancy or when breastfeeding. Why do we have a problem in Australia? Australian nutrition surveys sho
Kid's Health information Statistics from National Health & Medical Research Council show that 25% of adults are overweight or obese and 1 in 5 children are also overweight or obese. Both these figures are on the rise. Obesity in childhood constitutes a risk factor for a range of health problems: Diabetes sleep apnoea liver disease psychological problems especially in girls Health experts recommend children consume nutritious foods for proper growth and development. Set up hea
To ensure you are getting enough dietary iron eat the wide variety of foods that are naturally high in iron. Iron from plant food is absorbed better by the body if eaten with foods containing Vit C and therefore may cause less constipation. For more information on dietary iron please read Getting Enough Iron written by Dietitian Eve Reed.
Here is a list of foods that are rich in iron: Food Iron Content (mg) Cereals, grains and nuts Rice, brown 1 bowl 200g Pasta, wholemeal
Slip on a t-shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat! We’re all urged to keep those sunlight rays away from our skin, but in our eagerness to prevent every possibility of skin cancer are we exposing our children to the other very harmful possibility of Vitamin D deficiency?
Vitamin D is a vitamin most well known for its major action of enhancing the body’s ability to absorb calcium from the diet. Vitamin D also has some other very important actions such as enhancing