Village bans softdrinks – should you?

Police in the Hampshire village of Whitchurch have called for a ban on fizzy drinks sold to under 16’s on Friday nights – claiming the intake of high-sugar, high-caffeine drinks results in youngsters being hyperactive and rowdy. http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9456000/9456414.stm Although the average 500ml bottle of softdrink contains over 200 calories (almost 11 teaspoons) of ’empty’ sugar, that is,Read More

Weaning – has anyone got a clue?!

Just when you thought being a parent couldn’t be any more difficult….weaning guidelines were surely put on this earth to baffle and stress you entirely. Your Health Visitor says one thing, GP says something else, internet forums and mum’s groups are awash with different advice, and the latest best-selling parenting books don’t agree either.

The weaning debate

The current debate lies in the ideal age of the baby to introduce food. All babies only need milk for the first few months of their lives. Many years ago, babies were introduced food very early, but in 2003 the Department of Health issued a statement recommending weaning to start only at 6 months of age. Read More

Allergy News – “allergy tests can be dangerous!”

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) published in February 2011 the first evidence-based guideline on the diagnosis and assessment of food allergy in children and young people. The guideline highlights the dangers of using alternative testing methods such as vega tests, applied kinesiology and hair analysis and does not recommend these tests at all.

Food allergies are becoming increasingly common in children in Read More

Welcome

Hello and welcome to the Blossom blog, a place for the latest news, reviews, recipes and reliable information on children’s nutrition, written by a qualified paediatric dietitian. The internet can sometimes be more confusing than helpful and I often find that parents are confused about nutrition after spending hours searching. Search no further! This websiteRead More