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2nd Edition

Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition
A Practical Handbook

ISBN 9780367554552
Published August 24, 2021 by CRC Press
308 Pages 12 Color & 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition: A Practical Guide, Second Edition, is an evidence-based, practical guide introducing readers to the theory behind optimal child nutrition. Containing practical advice on how to put that theory into practice, this new edition facilitates learning through case studies, key points, and learning activities. Divided into seven sections, chapters cover prenatal nutrition and nutrition throughout childhood from preterm babies to adolescents up to the age of 18.

Sections throughout focus on topics ranging from nutrient requirements, balanced eating patterns and common problems to cultural influences on food choices and guidelines on assessing growth and dietary intakes.  Prevention and management of obesity and allergies are covered in separate chapters. The first 1000 days are given particular consideration with chapters on diets for preconception, pregnancy, milk feeding and complementary feeding during infancy. The chapter on nutritional treatments covers common conditions such as diabetes and Crohn’s disease, as well as more intricate feeding regimes and tube feeding required for children with rarer diseases and syndromes.

New in this second edition are:

·        Changes in in food allergy prevention and oral immunotherapy treatments.

·        Causes and management strategies to deal with fussy and selective eating in toddlers.

·        The importance of iodine in diets before and during pregnancy to improve children’s cognitive abilities.

·        Updated recommendations on vitamin D supplementation.


This second edition is an essential reading for students taking courses in nutrition and paediatric healthcare.  It serves as a useful reference for individuals responsible for the nutritional intakes of children in primary care and community settings including early years practitioners, midwives, health visitors, school nurses and governors, social workers, paediatricians and general practitioners.


About the Author

Judy More BSc, RD, RN is a Paediatric Dietitian, Honorary Lecturer at the University of Plymouth, UK and Director of Ltd, London, UK.

Table of Contents


Preface      vii

Author Bio      viii

Section 1 Nutritional requirements and healthy eating

1 Nutritional requirements      3

2 Principles of a balanced nutritious diet for children over 1 year      17

3 Social and cultural influences on food choices      33

Section 2 Assessment of growth and nutritional intake

4 Measuring and assessing growth      49

5 Assessing nutritional intake      61

Section 3 Prenatal nutrition

6 Preconception and fertility      75

7 Pregnancy      81

Section 4 Infants: 0-12 months

8 Milk feeding      99

9 Complementary feeding      121

10 Common feeding problems in infancy      137

11 Preterm infants      147

Section 5 Preschool children: 1-4 years

12 Preschool children 1–4 years      161

13 Common nutritional problems in preschool children      177

14 Feeding preschool children in childcare settings      187

Section 6 School-age children

15 Primary school-age children 5–11 years      195

16 Nutrition for adolescents      205

Section 7 Nutrition for chronic conditions

17 Food hypersensitivity – food allergies and intolerances      219

18 Childhood obesity      233

19 Nutrition for children with chronic diseases and syndromes      245

Appendix 1: Function and Food Sources of Nutrients      267

Appendix 2: Growth Charts      273

Appendix 3: BMI and Waist Circumference Charts      283

Glossary      289

Index      293

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Judy More is a Registered Dietitian and a Registered Nutritionist specialising in children’s nutrition. She is a past chairman of the Paediatric Group of the British Dietetic Association. Her current interests are in public health and after setting up her company Ltd., she is a consultant to government departments and several infant formula and children’s food companies. She teaches at several UK universities, writes books and nutrition articles for professional and consumer publications, develops resources, gives media interviews, and advises nurseries, schools and private patients. She has developed and published evidence-based portion sizes for children of different ages. As an expert member on the Infant and Toddler Forum, www., she was lead author for their resources and publications. She edited the nutrition section of the e-learning Child Health Programme for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, which is a government sponsored programme to support professionals working with under-fives.


Amy Hess Fischl, MS RDN LDN BC-ADM CDCES(University of Chicago Medical Center)

This second edition of a U.K. pediatric nutrition handbook covers the most
up-to-date nutrition information in a more concise manner than typical
nutrition books. This previous edition was published in 2017.

The purpose is to provide reliable nutrition advice in a practical manner. Since
nutrition information is ever evolving, this updated edition is needed to keep
up with current recommendations.

The book is intended for healthcare professionals in all disciplines who work
with children as well as all students in health-related fields who have an
interest in pediatrics. Since the content is U.K. focused, this book is best
used by a U.K. audience and this book certainly meets their needs. The author
is a pediatric dietitian in the U.K. and certainly is a credible authority.

This second edition provides an update to some recommendations in the U.K.,
including the recommendation for vitamin D supplements in children. The book
contains seven sections and 19 chapters, with two to three chapters per
section. Most of the chapters include several tables, figures, and graphics.
The tables include U.K. reference intakes for vitamins and minerals as well as
typical food group distributions, healthy eating recommendations, and sample
meal plans. I was impressed with the diversity of food examples, but it makes
sense since a large number of ethnicities have migrated to the U.K. While the
U.S. does have similar diversity, U.S. books have not yet added the depth and
breadth that this book has. It certainly is something we should aspire to here.
The book also includes an excellent section on socioeconomic factors affecting
food choices, specifically religious food traditions, common food traditions
within religions, religious festivals observed by different religions, and
common traditional foods eaten by groups from different geographical regions
who have migrated to the U.K. Each of the above topics has a table with the
information. The last chapter includes nutrition for children with chronic
diseases and syndromes, including tube feeding, celiac disease, and diabetes.
Interestingly, there is a table in the diabetes section that highlights the
10-gram carbohydrate exchange list, which differs from our system of 15-gram
carbohydrate servings.

While this book is meant for a U.K. audience, it certainly is an interesting
read. The topics regarding ethnicities and religions can be used by anyone in
the world. Here in the U.S., we have plenty of books that can meet the needs of
our students and healthcare professionals, such as <B><I>Samour and King's
Pediatric Nutrition in Clinical Care</I></B>, 5th edition, Konek and Becker
(Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2020), but this book serves its intended audience
well and is an affordable resource for nutrition professionals to gain insight
into U.K. practices.


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