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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 when the use shop bought baby food.

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    Babies need Vitamin D to maintain strong bones and teeth. They cannot get it safely from sunlight and should get a daily supplement of 5 micrograms.

  • 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

    Your child needs iron in their diet to keep their blood healthy. Iron in your child or baby's diet helps support healthy growth. Learn about best iron sources.

  • Food portion sizes for toddlers

    The amount of food that young children eat varies. It can be difficult to work out the portion size to give your child. Read guidelines on portion sizes.

  • 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.

  • Your baby's eating from one year on

    Your child should be eating around 3 meals a day from 1 year on. Learn how to make sure that children get the right amount of food for their age.

  • 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.