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Community Pract. 2012 Aug;85(8):33-6.

Optimising nutritional intake to promote growth and development in children.

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Department of Primary Care and Child Health, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King's College London.


Eating habits may be formed at a young age and once entrenched, tend to track across childhood and beyond (Tsuji et al, 2012). Although parents have a significant role in the development of their child's dietary intake (Clarke et al, 2007), Harris (2010) argues that the diets and feeding habits of young children are now no longer the sole responsibility of parents but other childcare professionals, including nannies and nursery staff. The aim of this article is to provide parents and professionals with guidance to help encourage parents, and other members of the multidisciplinary team, to provide children with a healthy diet.

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