Shaken Baby Syndrome

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Amniotic fluid problems

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Choosing a pre-school

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Newborn reflexes

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Pelvic floor exercises

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Antenatal Classes

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    Tuesday, 21 July 2015 16:28
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    Thursday, 14 May 2015 12:54
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    Friday, 10 April 2015 17:50
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    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:49
  • Mastitis

    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:41
  • Pelvic floor exercises

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:20
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Feeding your Toddler

Your toddler can now feed himself and enjoy most foods – but that does not mean that he or she will eat everything you offer. Fussy eating is common at this age. You should never force-feed your child. Instead, stay as calm and neutral as possible. Remember that it is just a phase. As long as your toddler is gaining weight and growing his health will not be at risk. One way of ensuring that your toddler is receiving the right nutrients is by supplementing his diet with a growing-up milk like Nestle’s Nido. It provides vitamins and minerals and approximately 250 ml can be offered twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.


Meanwhile, encourage healthy eating by:

  • Giving your child a choice of 2 of his favourite foods.
  • Keeping meal times fun – sit down and eat together.
  • Praise your toddler when he eats well or tries something new.
  • Use as many fresh ingredients as possible and avoid processed foods, which tend to be high in salt, sugars and artificial flavours.

 Ensure that you choose foods from the four basic food groups:

  • Meat, fish, eggs, and other proteins
  • Milk, cheese, yoghurt, and other dairy products
  • Rice, cereals, potatoes, bread, pasta and other carbohydrates
  • Fruit and vegetables

Remember that a low-fat, high-fibre diet is not suitable for a child. Your toddler should have whole rather than skim milk, and full fat dairy products.


Your toddler will be able to feed himself. Offer sandwiches and finger food to make it a bit easier for him. For the sake of your toddler’s teeth, he should be drinking out of a cup. And milk and juice should be limited. Offer water as an alternative; at this age tap water is perfectly safe.


Offer your child healthy snacks between meals like:

  • Thin vegetable sticks such as raw carrot and cucumber
  • Carrot or banana cake or muffins
  • Fresh, chopped fruit
  • Crackers, or rice cakes with cream cheese
  • Mashed or chopped banana
  • Marmite on toast fingers
  • Full cream yoghurt
  • Cubes of cheese and sliced baby tomatoes