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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.