Topics: Food, Allergy, Asthma Pages: 1 (286 words) Published: April 25, 2015
CYPOP 2. Stephanie Plant

Care for the physical and nutritional needs of babies and young children.

6. Understand how to provide the nutritional needs of young children from 18 to 36 months

6.1 Plan meals for young children That meet the nutritional needs based on current government guidance and information from carers.

Meals should be planned using a variety of foods from all five food groups. Snacks such as vegetable sticks, fruits, natural Yoghurt and bread rolls should be offered along with topping such as cheese spread, lean cooked meats, and hummus should be available. Care must be taken to ensure that cultural, and religious beliefs are taken into account when preparing meals and snacks, also allergies and intolerances. Young children will still need extra fats in their diets up to the age of around two.

6.2 Explain food allergies and intolerances that a young child may experience and the importance of following carers instructions on the needs of their child.

Some children can be allergic or intolerant to certain foods or additives in foods. Lactose which is found in milk (naturally occurring sugar) is an increasingly common allergy. It can have wide ranging symptoms for the child from feeling nauseous, to having severe stomach cramps and diarrhoea. Histamine which is found in strawberries and tomatoes can also effect them, and more and more commonly, children suffer from nut allergies. Some allergic reactions can be severe and require medical intervention. Some children carry an epi pen, and staff should be correctly trained to be able to use it in case of emergency. Parents and carers know their children best and will be the invaluable source of information regarding their own child's do and don’ts with allergies.
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