Nutritional management of children who follow therapeutic diets for medical reasons
Alison Burton-Shepherd Queen’s Nurse; tutor, Department of Adult Nursing, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London
A child’s nutritional status has a significant effect on health and development. While children’s diets in the UK have improved over the past 15 years, some nutritional areas are poor, with significantly low intakes of iron, vitamins A and D and high intakes of foods high in saturated fats and sugars. There are also children who need to adhere to therapeutic and/or restricted diets that increase their susceptibility to nutritional deficiency, and it is these children that this article will address. In particular it covers children with food allergies and intolerance, with a specific focus on cow’s milk protein allergy and lactose intolerance, and those with cystic fibrosis and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Primary Health Care. 22, 9,32-39. doi: 10.7748/phc2012.11.22.9.32.c9387Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest