down syndrome

Down syndrome

What is down syndrome? Down syndrome is a condition resulting from a baby having 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. This will have been present from conception and it changes the normal development of the body and brain. It affects around 1 in 400 to 1 in 1500 births in different countries (in the

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congenital abnormalities

Congenital abnormalities

 What are congenital abnormalities? Congenital abnormalities are those which are caused during a baby’s development before birth. Improvements in medical care during pregnancy means that fewer babies are born with congenital problems, but when it does happen abnormalities can affect the way babies look, develop or function and these symptoms can be present for the

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Food Milestones In Children

Weaning: Beyond first tastes

Beyond First Tastes Weaning can be a stressful time for parents, are you feeding your baby enough, are you feeding them too much?  What sort of foods should they eat?  Smooth purées or lumpy mashed up concoctions?  It’s a bit of a minefield and it doesn’t matter what book you read or which website you

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teaching children good etiquette

School meals: Who is responsible for healthy eating?

In the beginning… School meals have certainly been in the spotlight these last few years along with healthy eating campaigns and childhood obesity issues. For many parents, getting their children to eat the right kinds of food has been a battle since they were in nappies. As they progress through school, grow up and start

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Children not eating

Coping with children not eating

Ever had a lunchtime when your child will only eat olives and cucumber? (Olives? No child of the ‘70s or ‘80s liked olives till they were at least 25!) Or watched your kid survive for weeks on the breadstick-and-yogurt diet? And is there anything more dispiriting that scraping into the bin your child’s uneaten bowl

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preschool nutrition

Preschool nutrition

Child nutrition The subject of preschool nutrition is a hard one, what scientists say is essential one day they are saying is out to kill you the next, food becomes a Shakespearean drama, the lines between good and bad becoming slightly blurred. In a small eating machine that worry can be compounded by fluctuating appetites

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