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Pediatric Nutrition Guidelines – staying up to date with the basics

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You’ve told us that one of your biggest challenges with pediatric nutrition is staying up to date with the changing evidence and guidelines.

Before you dive into new guidelines, it’s important to have the basics mastered, even if you’re already a master! When you know what should be expected for full-term infants and children up to 6 years of age, you can easily spot red flags and make recommendations to help parents and their children.

Pediatric Nutrition Guidelines (Birth to Six Years) for Health Professionals

The Ontario Dietitians in Public Health (ODPH) – Family Health Nutrition Advisory Group have recently revised their Pediatric Nutrition Guidelines (Birth to Six Years) for Health Professionals.

In this 19 page guide, you’ll find evidenced-based nutrition and feeding guidelines for healthy full-term infants and children up to 6 years of age.

The document outlines the following:

✔️ Developmental milestones related to feeding

✔️ Evidenced-based recommendations for nutrition and feeding

✔️ Red flags that require additional action, investigation and/or referral

and includes additional information on:

  • Expressed breastmilk (EBM)
  • Infant formula
  • Preparing infant formula
  • Growth monitoring
  • Vitamin D
  • Iron
  • Food allergies
  • Choking prevention
  • Fish consumption and methylmercury
  • NutriSTEP and Nutri-eSTEP – Nutrition Screening Tools for Toddlers and Preschoolers
  • Responsive feeding and the division of responsibility
  • Offering food
  • Family mealtimes
  • Food insecurity
  • and includes links to resources for parents

Grow your toolkit

You’ll love having this resource in your toolkit.

Their site states: The Guidelines have been reviewed by physicians, registered nurses, lactation consultants and registered dietitians in both public health and clinical practice. They have also been revised using a BFI (Baby-friendly Initiative) lens.”

Access the English and French versions here:

After you read the resource, we’d love to hear from you.

What’s the biggest insight you’re taking away❓

What’s something you can do today to up level your practice❓

Leave a comment and let us know.

Charlene and Julie


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