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A Mum from Australia sent us a message yesterday, asking if it really is absolutely necessary to introduce new foods separately. She said… “…friends of mine have told me that this is something that parents are told to do, but that they have started several new foods over the course of a few days and their babies have been fine.“ Advice like...

We are often asked about giving Weetabix to babies. It’s a very popular breakfast cereal in some parts of the world and appears to be a healthy option… but is Weetabix safe for infants? Some of you may not be familiar with Weetabix, which is a cereal made from whole grain wheat. The expression “whole grain” means that it contains the bran...

G6PD Deficiency has been described as ‘the most common disease you’ve never heard of’. And that description pretty much sums up a condition that affects approximately 600 million people worldwide, yet is only familiar by name to those directly affected by it. G6PD Deficiency is an inherited condition that can lead to a form of anemia when an affected...

An article published in the latest issue of Acta Paeditrica, a child health publication, has revealed that babies are less likely to suffer from ‘pre-school wheeze’ if they are introduced to fish before 9 months of age. The research – which also looked at the effects of antibiotic use on babies – was carried out on children in Sweden. It aimed to identify the possible causes and treatment of recurrent wheeze, described by lead author Emma Goksor as ‘a very common clinical problem in pre-school children’. Over...

Is the four day rule for introducing new foods to baby REALLY necessary – or is it an overly cautious, outdated practice? If you’re not already familiar with the four day rule, it simply means waiting at least four days before introducing each new food to your baby. So if, for example, you offer your baby sweet potatoes for the very first time on Monday, then you should wait until at least Friday before giving him something new to try. We explain this in more detail here. We sometimes receive messages from parents asking if...