Eating Well for 1-5 year olds

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Simple whole family approach to give parents and carers a guide to healthy eating for children ared 1 to 5 years.

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NDR-UK Ref No: 9404
Classification: HP
Related Printed Version: 9404
Publication Date: 01/15
Last Review Date: 01/18
Next Review Date: 2021
Classification: HP (Health Professional)

Advice requires some explanation from a Health Professional who has basic nutrition knowledge to enable correct implementation.

To support

  • Introducing solids, including through milk intolerance
  • Healthy eating for children aged 1 - 12
  • Weight gain for children who may struggle to eat enough
  • Establishing eating patterns for children with eating difficulties

Healthy eating

  • Know the health benefits of healthy eating
  • Understand how to choose a balanced diet
  • Recognise the importance of establishing regular eating patterns
  • Be able to address nutritional issues e.g. constipation, and know when/where to get further help
  • Be aware of strategies to use to encourage weight gain/loss
  • Be aware of benefits of being a healthy weight
  • Know practical steps to have healthy meals/snacks
  • Be aware of the value of exercise and strategies to achieve guideline amounts
  • Be aware of triggers to seek professional advice
  • Be aware of reasons for poor growth/weight
  • Know how to make meals and snacks more nourishing and how to adapt 5 food groups to increase energy
  • Dietary Reference Values for Food Energy and Nutrients for the United Kingdom. Report on Health and Social Subjects No. 41. HMSO, London Department of Health (1991)
  • Dr Helen Crawley (Caroline Walker Trust), Eating Well for under 5s in child care - Practical and nutritional guidelines 2006
  • First Steps Nutrition Trust 2016, Good Food Choices and Portion Sizes for 1-4 year olds
  • First Steps Nutrition Trust 2017 Eating Well: the First Year
  • Good Food Choices and Portion Sizes for 1-4 year olds First Steps Nutrition Trust 2016
  • NICE (Clinical Knowledge summary) Cows’ milk protein allergy in children 2015
  • NICE Faltering growth guidelines (NG75) 2017
  • NICE Vitamin D: supplement use in specific population groups (PH56) 2017
  • Nutrition matters for the early years - Public Health Agency of Ireland
  • RCPCH Position Statement: breastfeeding in the UK 2017
  • Santos al. Late preterm birth is a risk factor for growth faltering in early childhood: a cohort study, BMC paediatrics (2009) 9;71:1-8
  • Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) 2011 Energy Requirements

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Last Review Date: 01/18
Classification: HP
NDR-UK ref: 9405E
Credits: 12

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Classification: HP
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Credits: 22

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Last Review Date: 02/18
Classification: HP
NDR-UK ref: 9409E
Credits: 12