Blended Diets

As a Paediatric Dietitian I work with many children with feeding tubes. This includes both long and short term tube feeding which we call enteral feeding. We tube feed children who cannot meet their nutritional requirements by feeding orally themselves, and this can be for many reasons such as premature birth, faltering growth, swallowing difficulties,Continue reading “Blended Diets”

Roasted Pumpkin Wedges

This recipe makes a great lunchtime snack on its own, or can be served as a side dish alongside roast chicken/fish. You can also chop up the wedges and add to salads, stir frys or soups. The skin can be quite tough so I would suggest peeling this off for little ones, but it givesContinue reading “Roasted Pumpkin Wedges”

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are thrown away every year when we carve our pumpkins, but we are missing out on a delicious snack! Try this recipe for a nutritious, healthy snack. These can be given to the younger ones, but I would suggest chopping them up for children under 18 months, or grinding and sprinkling onto mealsContinue reading “Roasted Pumpkin Seeds”

Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

Try this warming Halloween themed soup great for babies and all of the family.  Makes: 4 portions Suitable for freezing  Ingredients For the soup: 2 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, chopped ½ tsp ginger, grated 200g peeled pumpkin, diced 150g peeled sweet potato, diced  450ml unsalted chicken stock  For the croutons: 2 slices ofContinue reading “Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup”

Raising children with healthy attitudes towards food

Our childhood experiences of food often shape our adult relationships with food, and more and more we are seeing children who have developed or are developing poor relationships with food. These may not always be obvious, or you may notice your child is fussy, over eats or under eats. Food relationships develop from a youngContinue reading “Raising children with healthy attitudes towards food”

Babies and chocolate

Despite Easter being a Christian festival and holiday, it often comes with an abundance of chocolate eggs. With Easter coming up this weekend some of you may be wondering, can you give chocolate to your baby? Chocolate ideally shouldn’t be given before the age of 2 due to the caffeine and sugar content, however inContinue reading “Babies and chocolate”

Optimising Immunity

Good afternoon on this very snowy day. I hope everyone is keeping safe and well. With winter well under way bringing the usual colds and flu, and the current pandemic it has never been more important to keep our immunity to at it’s best. By ensuring our diets are rich in these nutrients, we canContinue reading “Optimising Immunity”

Food allergen avoidance: Top tips

Avoiding allergens can be harder than you think. Here are my tips to keep your child safe: Ensure that you have the support of a medical team if your child has a food allergy, and seek support from a qualified children’s dietitian for diet advice. Food Labels – Within the EU food labels should clearlyContinue reading “Food allergen avoidance: Top tips”

Egg Allergy

Egg allergy like many other allergies is caused by the immune system reacting to the protein as if it is harmful, and around 2% of children suffer from an egg allergy, however just like milk allergy, they often outgrow this. Despite this, egg allergy can be dangerous, and children’s reactions can range from a skinContinue reading “Egg Allergy”

Cow’s Milk Allergy

Cow’s milk allergy is the most common allergy I see as a paediatric dietitian, and it can be very distressing for babies and their families at an already stressful time. Cow’s milk is not the same as a lactose intolerance as it involves the protein rather than the sugar in cow’s milk. Risk Factors: FamilyContinue reading “Cow’s Milk Allergy”