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Real Questions, Real Answers

Members of the Infant & Toddler Forum provide you with answers to common questions that health and child care professionals encounter in daily practice. Read the advice that our experts have offered others and ask your own questions on healthy eating for toddlers.

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Q: Is Marmite too salty for toddlers?

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Q: How much sugar should I allow my 14 month old to have as a limit?

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Q: My toddler won't drink water or juice, and only takes about 11-12ozs of milk per day. Is this enough to keep her hydrated?

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Q: My 32-month-old daughter likes to drink a lot of milk at bed time. How much should she have and is there any issue with drinking all her daily milk at one time – or should it be spread out in the day?

She will only drink it in bottles, but I banned these in the day. The result is she only drinks milk at bedtime when she is allowed a bottle, and then she wants lots – usually at least 16oz.

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Q: My daughter loves olives. How many should she have, and do they count towards one of her five a day?

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Did You Know?

  • Toddlers should not eat large quantities of salty foods, sugary and acidic drinks, drinks with sweeteners
  • Large fish such as shark, swordfish and marlin may contain high levels of mercury and should be avoided
  • Whole nuts should not be given to toddlers and young children under five because of the risk of choking
  • Salt and sodium from convenience foods should be kept to low amounts. There is some sodium in most nutritious foods therefore toddlers do not need 'added salt' or foods that are high in salt such as takeaways, ready meals and sauces, and salty snacks such as crisps. Only give these foods to toddlers occasionally such as once or twice a month
  • All toddlers should drink full-fat or growing up milk until they are two years old, rather than semi-skimmed milk, as they contain more calories and vitamin A
  • Toddlers should have six to eight drinks per day to ensure adequate hydration
  • Toddlers need carbohydrates from starchy foods such as bread, cereals, rice, pasta and potatoes at every meal
  • Oily fish such as mackerel, salmon and sardines are a good source of omega 3 fats and should be offered regularly*

*you can give boys up to four portions of oily fish a week, but girls should be given no more than two portions of oily fish a week because of traces of toxins found in these fish. It is less for girls as a precaution against accumulating high toxin levels into childbearing years

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Given the number of questions we receive, we aren't able to personally answer them all. We will select questions at regular intervals and publish the answers in the Ask The Forum area of this website.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer individual clinical advice, but we do have a wide variety of guidance available on this website that deals with specific toddler feeding and nutritional issues, such as the Factsheets.

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