Lots of children are very picky eaters. Very often it’s behavioral and due to poor feeding habits. Sometimes, it can be due to Iron deficiency, so it’s worth checking with your doctor about the Iron levels in your child. The treatment is simple with daily Iron Syrup.
The classical presentation of Iron deficiency anaemia is, of course PICA, where children eat inedible things like mud/sand/plaster etc
Fully breastfed babies don’t need any water until they’ve started eating solid foods.Once you have started weaning (4-6 months), due to this hot weather, do give some water after a solid meal, atleast 3 times a day. Milk is mostly water, so you don’t need water with it.
For babies under six months, use water from the mains tap in the kitchen. You will need to boil then cool the tap water as it’s not sterile straight from the tap. Water for babies over six months doesn’t need to be boiled.
Bottled water isn’t recommended for making up formula feeds as it may contain too much salt (sodium) or sulphate.
You can reduce the risk of getting infected with the viruses that cause HFMD by following a few simple steps:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers, and help young children do the same.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups and eating utensils with people who have HFMD.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
There is currently no vaccine to protect against the viruses that cause hand, foot, and mouth disease.