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Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition
A Practical Handbook

ISBN 9781444111859
Published January 22, 2013 by CRC Press
263 Pages

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Book Description

This evidence-based, practical guide provides an introduction to the theory behind child nutrition with practical advice on how to put that theory into practice, including case studies, key points, and activities to help readers learn.

Divided into three sections, the chapters cover prenatal nutrition and nutrition throughout childhood from preterm babies to adolescents up to the age of 18.

Section 1: Introduction to the growth, nutrients, and food groups. Section 2: Providing a balanced eating pattern for each age group, chapters include expected growth patterns, development affecting eating and drinking skills, as well as common problems such as reflux in babies, fussy eaters in the toddler years, and eating disorders and pregnancy in the teenage years. Section 3: Common problems/disorders that can occur at any stage throughout childhood such as obesity, diabetes, and food intolerances. Chapters will also cover nutritional support in the community, reflecting the increasing numbers of chronically sick children who are now managed in the primary care setting.

This book is essential reading for nutrition and dietetics students, as well as student children's nurses and health and social care students. It will also be a useful reference for those responsible for the nutritional health of children in primary care and community settings (including nurses, midwives, health visitors, GPs, social workers, nursery nurses, early years workers, and school nurses).

Table of Contents

Nutritional Requirements and Healthy Eating
Nutritional Requirements
Principles of a Balanced Nutritious Diet for Children Over 1 Year
Social and Cultural Influences on Food Choices

Assessment of Growth and Nutritional Intake
Measuring and Assessing Growth
Assessing Nutritional Intake

Prenatal Nutrition
Preconception and Fertility

Infants: 0–12 Months
Milk Feeding 78
Weaning onto Solid Foods – Complementary Feeding
Common Feeding Problems in Infancy
Preterm Infants

Preschool Children: 1–4 Years
Preschool Children 1–4 Years 132
Common Nutritional Problems in Preschool Children
Feeding Preschool Children in Childcare Settings

School Age Children
Primary School Age Children
Nutrition for Adolescents

Nutrition for Chronic Conditions
Food Hypersensitivity – Food Allergies and Intolerances
Childhood Obesity
Nutrition for Children with Chronic Diseases and Syndromes

Answers to Activities
Appendix 1: Function and Food Sources of Nutrients
Appendix 2: Growth Charts
Appendix 3: BMI Charts

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Judy More BSc RD RNutr.
Freelance Paediatric Dietitian; Director,


"The book is clearly written, the text concise, with many tables and illustrations. It is divided into 7 sections: nutritional requirements, assessment of growth and nutrition, intake chapters by age groups, chronic diseases and obesity. At the end is a very complete index. Very useful; Recommended.
—Professor Zvi Laron, Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews, Vol. 10, No. 4, July 2013

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