by Lori Brizee MS, RDN, CDE
Pediatric Nutrition expert and guest contributor
plements other than vitamin D, and possibly fluoride. If your child is a very picky eater, has multiple food allergies, or has a condition that causes poor nutrient absorption or increased needs for certain nutrients, supplements may be needed—talk with your pediatrician or ask for a referral to a pediatric Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist. A complete multivitamin that includes iron will meet the needs for most of these kiddos.
Have you seen headlines recently about a study showing that feeding babies at 3 months helps them sleep better at night? I have. The nonmedical press is not very good at reporting on medical studies and tends to put out sensational headlines with very little data. I was curious about this study, because this directly contradicts the recommendation to exclusively breastfeed for the first six months with no other foods introduced. I took a look at the original study, and here’s what I found.
Family meal (as many family members as possible sitting down to eat together with no screens on) are a frequent recommendation to parents. They benefit kids of all ages for different reasons, but they can be a challenge as kids get older.