Yes, I have a second gripe about health centres. On top of the wonderful advice about getting my daughter watching TV every day, there was also some nutritional advice.
I was explaining how my daughter doesnt like milk. I said I was concerned that when she gave up the bottle completely she wouldnt drink any milk at all. The health nurse was great. She said she doesnt need milk except for calcium anymore so its quite okay for her not to drink any milk. So long as she has enough water and calcium-rich foods. She then wrote down how much calcium is in yoghurt, cheese, custard etc. She said all these foods were suitable replacements.
That sounds pretty reasonable to me, until she added to that ice-cream. Yeah, great! Ill just give my daughter ice-cream every day instead of milk. A great, healthy alternative option. Not! I really wonder at the nutritional advice these health centres provide.
Ive had a whine before about what these health centres are suggesting babies and toddlers should eat, but surely the health nurses should be the champions of encouraging healthy eating? Instead, theyre making unhealthy recommendations. I would have thought with childhood obesity such a problem that there would be even greater focus on this very issue? Is it any wonder some children have such appalling diets handed to them on greasy, fat-filled plates?
I know this is only one small suggestion thats a bit questionable. But this is one of many similar experiences I, and others, have had. It makes me so angry. Especially when little ones dont know for themselves whats good or not for their bodies. These poor little mites may struggle with being overweight for the rest of their lives because of the kinds of foods they were given as babies.
In this so-called day of education every parent should be provided with sound advice on what is good for your baby or toddler, nutritionally. Instead, ridiculous pamphlets suggesting cakes and pies and other rubbish as meal options are provided. The health centre should be the perfect opportunity to provide parents with good nutritional advice. It seems such a shame that its not happening.