Milk ladders

Food allergy management used to be simple: avoid avoid avoid!! Research is increasingly telling us that this may not always be the best tactic. Allergy to cow’s milk involves an immune response to proteins in cow’s milk. But, food processing such as cooking or baking at high temperatures, exposure to low pH and enzymatic digestionRead More

Fibre for children

Dietitians are always looking for new evidence and over the past few weeks in my spare time I’ve been busy researching the science behind dietary fibre for children. I wrote an article in a professional magazine and gave a talk to paediatric dietitians about the benefits of including fibre in children’s diets. So here’s aRead More

New tool to detect Cow’s Milk Allergy

Quite often, cow’s milk allergy goes undetected. Symptoms are either vague, seemingly unrelated and I’ve even heard from many parents that health professionals can label parents’ concerns as being slightly neurotic. A new tool has been launched which can help parents and health professionals determine whether symptoms are related to cow’s milk allergy. Divided intoRead More

Eco Eating

One of the little pamphlets that arrived in one of my professional newsletters this week was about eating a diet with a low environmental impact. The authors state that sustainable diets are those which contribute to food and nutrition security and to healthy life for present and future generations. Basically, a healthy diet and an ecologically friendlyRead More

Peanuts for children

Peanut allergy – potentially life threatening – is on the rise. More people are allergic to peanuts than ever before, and yet this is despite them being a banned substance in many places. Schools, airlines, even cafes and food labels are all hot on avoiding peanuts. Fresh results of the LEAP study might explain why weRead More

Caffeinated Kids?

We may not like to admit it, but most of us are probably not able to get through a single day without a hit of caffeine. Tea, coffee, soft-drinks, energy drinks and even some medicines all contain this addictive drug. Caffeine’s benefits have been known throughout the world for many years: by blocking the neurotransmitter adenosine,Read More

Bottled water for infants

The summer holiday season is upon us, and I am often asked about using bottled water to make up infant formulas when abroad. There are three different sources of water: tap water – contains chloride and fluoride with all other minerals removed during the treatment process, bottled water – which is expected to conform toRead More

Vitamin D Calculator

Many of my friends and colleagues know that I’m very interested in Vitamin D. I attended a professional update on Vitamin D in London last week and was excited to see a couple of new developments: a vitamin D supplement that comes in a mouth spray (tablets can be hard to swallow especially for children)Read More

Vitamin D – vital for winter!

It’s that time of year again – leaves are falling, days are getting shorter, summer holidays now long forgotten….and our vitamin D levels are about to plummet. If there’s one vitamin I recommend for all children, it’s vitamin D. We know that British toddlers receive less than 30% of the recommended amount of daily vitaminRead More

Allergy-free recipes

I’m always trying to find a good source of tried, tested and reviewed recipes that are allergy-friendly. By chance today I’ve come across PigIntheKitchen – a blog with a host of recipes for dairy, gluten, egg and other allergies. The gluten-free, egg-free, milk-free carrot cake looks amazing – I can’t wait to try it myself. HappyRead More