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HSE article for Nutrition

Helping your child to eat healthily

You don't need to force a healthy diet on your child to help them to eat healthily. Learn some tips to help your child eat healthily.


Introducing solid foods to your baby takes place in stages. There are three stages of weaning. It starts with spoon feeds at 4 to 6 months.

Baby foods: homemade and shop bought

Read a step-to-step guide on how to make homemade baby food and learn about what’s in the shop bought baby food.

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  • When a child refuses to eat

    Some children can be fussy eaters. Read some suggestions about what you can do if your child refuses to eat certain foods.

  • Iron in your child's diet

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  • Food allergies and children

    A food allergy is when the immune system has an adverse reaction to specific proteins. If you think your child has an allergy, discuss it with your doctor.

  • Drinks to give your baby 0 to 12 months

    Find out what drinks you should give your baby aged 0 to 12 months and when you should let them use a cup or a beaker.

  • Food portion sizes for children aged 1 to 4 years

    Children aged 1 to 4 years have small tummies and need child-size portions. Read about your child’s appetite, how many meals and snacks they need and tips on how to give them the right portion size