Children frequently pick up and pass on common bacterial and viral infections, often through interaction with others at school which can manifest into sore throats, colds, flu, sinusitis and more. Unfortunately large numbers of these children are prescribed antibiotics repeatedly. With the current concern over antibiotic resistance, it is natural to want to avoid [...]
A recent Australian study provides the first human data showing the benefits of very early postnatal fish oil supplementation in children (1).
The randomised controlled trial, led by Susan Prescott, investigated the effects of fish oil supplements on 420 infants from birth to six months of age. It found that supplementation significantly lowered the [...]
The month of September means Back to School for children, and is a good time to think about your children’s nutritional needs to see them through the academic year in good health. After all healthy children are not only more likely to grow into healthy adults, but are more likely do better in school [...]
Vitamin D and Pregnancy
New research has linked levels of body fat in children to the Vitamin D intake of their mothers. Children are more likely to be fatter if their mother had low levels of Vitamin D during pregnancy.
The research was conducted by scientists at the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit [...]
Eczema is a dry, itchy skin condition, and childhood eczema can be distressing for both children and their parents. Unfortunately, childhood eczema is becoming increasingly common.
A new study looking at the effects of a probiotic called Lactobacillus Rhamnosus offers a promising new approach to dealing with this troublesome condition (1).
Research published last [...]
It is generally accepted nowadays that probiotic microorganisms are helpful for digestion, but people are just beginning to understand that these ‘friendly microorganisms’ can support the immune system as well. For example, one great way to maintain your children’s health in the back to school period is by supporting their gut with a high [...]
Following on from our last blog on ‘Back to School Children’s Nutrition‘, this time we are looking at some healthy ideas for lunch boxes which can often be somewhat of a headache for busy mums and dads.
Take a look at some of our ideas and try them out this term.
Add some [...]
With your children rested and rejuvenated from the summer holidays and poised and ready to return to school in September, now is the perfect time to make changes to their diet to improve their health and academic performance alike.
Now is the perfect time to make the changes to your children's diet to [...]
Long chain omega 3 fatty acids from oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, trout and sardines are essential for the efficient function of the brain and body. It is well known that having good intakes of the long chain omega 3 fats during pregnancy and in early infancy is important for brain function and [...]
Previous research has shown a possible link between low vitamin D levels and allergy and now a new study (1) involving over 3,000 children has found that low vitamin D levels are associated with an increased likelihood that children will develop allergies.
The researchers (1) looked at the blood serum vitamin D levels of [...]