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Weaning Tips: Introducing Nuts

Early introduction of peanuts is thought to help the immune system tolerate peanut proteins. Nuts should be incorporated into an infant’s diet from 6 months of age to prevent sensitivity and maintain tolerance. Research suggests that introducing peanuts between 6-12 months of age can reduce peanut allergy in high risk infants e.g. those with significant […]

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Raising a child who enjoys eating

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 young […]

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Worried about Fussy Eating?

Worried about fussy eating? This is a common concern that I discuss with families. See below for my top tips: Avoid unpleasant mealtimes. Bribing, forcing, and pressure to eat can lead to unpleasant and anxious experiences around both familiar and new foods. If a child associates an unpleasant experience with a food or mealtime, this […]

How Do I Get My Child to Eat Fruit and Vegetables?

Do you struggle to get your child to eat their fruit and vegetables? When you hear that 5 a day is the ideal number do you worry that your child does not achieve this? And what is 5 a day? Fruits and vegetables are a great source of fibre, vitamins and minerals which help keep […]

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Cheryl Baig Children’s Dietitian Introduction

Hello everyone and welcome to the Children’s  dietitian. My name is Cheryl and I am a registered paediatric dietitian and if you’re watching this video you’re probably looking for some support for the most precious person in your life and I hope I can help you. So you probably want to know a little bit […]

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 skin […]

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Food allergen avoidance: My 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 clearly […]

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Vitamin D: The sunshine hormone

Did you know? Vitamin D is actually a hormone which is produced by the body when sunlight hits the skin. Another lockdown means mostly staying indoors again, and with the colder darker months upon us, our doses of sunshine are looking limited (even a flight for a week in the sun results in quarantine!). Children […]

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Babies and Chocolate

Have you ever wondered when or should I give my baby or toddler chocolate? Chocolate ideally shouldn’t be given before the age of 2 due to the caffeine and sugar content, however in my experience, most children have had chocolate before this age. Due to the acidity, chocolate can worsen digestive problems such as reflux, […]

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Food Allergies

Do you think your baby or child has a food allergy or intolerance? If so, please read on for my overview of allergies, however if you are concerned about a specific food allergy or intolerance feel free to get in touch directly. Food Allergy Food allergies are common in children, and often are temporary, but […]

Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy in Infants

Cow’s milk protein 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: […]

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