Category Archives: Child Nutrition

Plan for an empty lunchbox and take the sting out of getting ready for school

Healthy Lunchbox

Plan a weekly lunchbox menu together with your kids using a few easy steps Step 1 Set some ground rules about what needs to go in the lunchbox and what will stay out. Things like: It includes at least 1-2 vegetables every day There can be no packets Jam sandwiches are only on Fridays Step […]

ADHD – is diet at the helm?

Gold Coast paediatric dietitian explains sugar and food chemicals

ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder presents with restlessness, poor concentration and impulsive behaviour. A common question I get as a Gold Coast paediatric dietitian is how do certain foods can contribute to these symptoms and can changes to a child’s diet improve behavior. Unfortunately not everyone will respond, but for most it is certainly […]

What is the difference between an allergy and an intolerance?

An allergic reaction involves the immune system whilst an intolerance does not. An intolerance is a response to chemicals, either natural or added to foods, and is generally a dose dependant reaction. Allergies occur when the immune system reacts to a substance (an allergen) which is otherwise harmless. Antibodies are produced and an allergic reaction […]

What is a food Intolerance?

A food intolerance does not involve the immune system and is triggered by food chemicals (either natural or additives). These chemicals in sensitive individuals irritate the nerve endings and cause symptoms such as headaches, gastrointestinal complaints (cramps or colic, diarrhoea, constipation, reflux), skin irritations (nappy rash, recurrent hives and eczema), and irritability.