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Patient Leaflet

Introducing Solids

A comprehensive guide to successfully introducing solids from 6 months of age.

Classification: PiL (Patient Information Leaflet) Enforcement of healthy eating messages for self-management - advice is easily understood requiring no additional explanation.


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  • To support

    • Introducing solids to babies 6 months of age, including through milk intolerance
    • Know when to introduce solids including vegetarian options
    • Be aware of drinks to give
    • Have awareness of common problems such as allergies. food refusal, constipation

    Evidence Base:

    • Dietary Reference Values for Food Energy and Nutrients for the United Kingdom. Report on Health and Social Subjects No. 41. HMSO, London Department of Health (1991)
    • Dr Helen Crawley (Caroline Walker Trust), Eating Well for under 5s in child care - Practical and nutritional guidelines 2006
    • First Steps Nutrition Trust 2016, Good Food Choices and Portion Sizes for 1-4 year olds
    • First Steps Nutrition Trust 2017 Eating Well: the First Year
    • Good Food Choices and Portion Sizes for 1-4 year olds First Steps Nutrition Trust 2016
    • NICE (Clinical Knowledge summary) Cows’ milk protein allergy in children 2015
    • NICE Faltering growth guidelines (NG75) 2017
    • NICE Vitamin D: supplement use in specific population groups (PH56) 2017
    • Nutrition matters for the early years - Public Health Agency of Ireland
    • RCPCH Position Statement: breastfeeding in the UK 2017
    • Santos I.et al. Late preterm birth is a risk factor for growth faltering in early childhood: a cohort study, BMC paediatrics (2009) 9;71:1-8
    • Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) 2011 Energy Requirements
  • Publication Details

    NDR-UK Ref No:

    9408

    Publication Format:

    A5 leaflet

    Classification:

    PiL

    Pack size:

    10

    Publication date:

    01/15

    Last Review:

    01/18

    Next Review:

    2021