Infant and toddler nutrition is critical for nourishing babies’ growing bodies and developing brains, digestive, and immune systems. Get tips for supporting a child’s healthy eating habits now and later.
The Surprising Link Between Gut Bacteria and Food Allergies in Children
Today, one in 13 children has a food allergy. According to the Food Allergy Research & Education organization that studies food allergies and their impact on Americans, that's roughly two children in every classroom. When your son or daughter has dietary limitations such as these, it's natural to worry about them coming in contact to foods at school and other places that could make them ill. But what if food allergies could be prevented in the first place? According to preclinical research, this may be possible one day — perhaps even in our lifetime. The key lies in the makeup of a child's gut bacteria.
Science-Based Nutrition Can Help Premature Infants Defy the Odds
Welcoming a new baby to the world is one of the most exciting parts of life. But for parents of premature infants, it can also be a frightening time. When Kolton was born at just 22 weeks and three days, doctors worried he wouldn't survive the first 24 hours of his life. He miraculously did, but Kolton's fight was far from over.
5 Tips for Introducing Your Baby to Solid Food
You've got a spoon in one hand and a camera in the other: You're ready to feed your baby their first real food! It's an exciting time, but it can also be a bit nerve-wracking for parents. Will your baby open up for the airplane? Is now the right time to try solid food? Is it safe?
Is Your Baby Eating Too Much or Too Little?
"Good job! You finished the whole bottle!" As a parent, it's normal to gauge your baby's nutrition by bottles emptied — half-finished bottles are worrisome, and empty ones are a cause for celebration. When babies cry, hunger is one of the first things that comes to mind. Additionally, feeding is something any new parent will think about several times a day. So how much should a baby eat?
What Are Human Milk Oligosaccharides?
In their first year of life, think of all the sights, sounds and smells newborns get to experience for the first time. As a parent, watching your child explore the world is fascinating, but you may also be a little concerned too. In this short span of time, your little one will likely be exposed to more than a thousand species of bacteria — all helping to build his or her developing immune system.
What to Expect with Premature Baby Care
Waiting for a baby to arrive is a time full of excitement and anticipation. And sometimes those bundles of joy decide to come too early. It can be a scary time, but there is good news. Over the last few decades, there have been major advancements that has made feeding preemies in the NICU easier and more effective than ever. And these tiny babies need all the nutrition they can get, as they are finishing their growth and development outside in the real world versus inside mom's womb.
Why Kids Need Healthy Protein Snacks
If a child is growing slowly or is small for their age, nutritious meals are often a good place to start, but they might not be enough. Some children simply don't have the appetite or have eating habits that prevent them from getting all the nutrition they need at mealtimes. Healthy snacks for kids can help provide nutrients that support optimal growth, especially when it comes to protein.
6 Ways to Support Your Child's Immune System
Originally published in First Time Parent. It's a simple fact: kids tend to get sick a lot when they're young. In fact, children under age 6 get an average of six to eight colds a year, plus ear infections, bouts of diarrhea and other illnesses. On top of that, some also have allergies, asthma and eczema.
Why Human Milk Oligosaccharides Are a Breakthrough
We all know about the benefits of breast milk and, as moms, of course we want to give our babies the very best. But, the reality is that not every mom can breastfeed, either exclusively or at all. That's where the benefit of years of pioneering Abbott research comes in. Dedicated to helping mothers provide their babies with the best nutrition, Abbott researchers continuously analyze breast milk, the "gold standard" of infant nutrition, in an effort to unlock its potential for formula-fed babies around the world.
Ask The Expert: Milk Allergy or Lactose Intolerance?
In this series, our experts answer nutrition questions to help you nourish your best life at every age. Here, Abbott research scientist Jan Kajzer, MS, RD, LD explains how to spot the signs of each plus discusses when you should get advice from a doctor.
Milk Allergies in Children: A Parent's Nutrition Plan
As a parent, your child's nutrition is always on your mind. Maybe you breastfeed, or carefully select infant formulas that will give your baby the best start possible, and you're probably already thinking of ways to make sure your growing tot learns to love vegetables.
Does My Baby Have a Cow's Milk Allergy?
As a parent you always want the best for your baby and that includes protecting them from anything unpleasant or harmful. When repeated tummy troubles or other symptoms strike after feedings, you might be asking yourself: "Does my baby have a milk allergy?" It's a reasonable concern and there are things you can do to keep your baby safe. Jan Kajzer, MS, RD, LD, an Abbott pediatric nutrition researcher specializing in food allergies, shares what to look for.