Feeding in the First Year of Life

Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, July 2018

Report from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN)  thatconsiders evidence on the impact of infant feeding on short and longer term health outcomes for infants and mothers. It also considers factors that influence eating behaviour and diversification of the diet and makes recommendations on feeding in the first year of life. SACN’s conclusions are largely consistent with existing advice on infant feeding, the introduction of solid foods and diversification of the infant diet.

  1. Breastfeeding makes an important contribution to infant and maternal health. SACN recommends retaining existing advice for women to exclusively breastfeed for around the first 6 months and to continue breastfeeding for at least the first year of life once solid foods have been introduced. SACN recommends that infants are not introduced to solid foods until around 6 months of age.
  2. Recommends that a wide variety of solids foods, including iron-containing foods should be introduced in an age appropriate form from around 6 months of age. The types of food, flavours and textures offered should become increasingly diverse throughout the complementary feeding period. SACN noted that new foods may need to be presented to infants on many occasions before they are accepted, particularly as infants get older.
  3. Recommends that advice on complementary feeding should state that foods containing peanut and hen’s egg can be introduced from around 6 months of age and need not be differentiated from other solid foods. The deliberate exclusion of peanut or hen’s egg beyond 6 to 12 months of age may increase the risk of allergy to the same foods.

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Community Practitioner – January 2018

The January issue of Community Practitioner has been published.  This issue includes articles on period poverty, peanut allergy, and the link between neglect and unemployment.

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Community Practitioner – November 2017

The November edition of Community Practitioner has been published.  This issue includes articles on flu hospitalization risk for children with older siblings, childhood infection linked to coeliac disease, and rates of breastfeeding in the UK.

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New iHV resources to help reduce Domestic Slavery in the UK

Institute of Health Visiting, May 2017

The Institute of Health Visiting has produced a new Good Practice Points publication and a new e-learning module aimed at helping health visitors to spot the signs of an individual in Domestic Slavery (DS) and what to do about it, in support of the Government campaign “Spot the Signs”.

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Unintentional injuries: prevention in children under 5 years

Public Health England, February 2017

This guidance, produced in association with the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), is for all staff working with children under 5 years and covers the 5 injury priorities:

  • choking, suffocation and strangulation
  • falls
  • burns and scalds
  • poisoning
  • drowning

The guidance also covers fire and roads.

Each injury priority includes data for England, actions for health professionals and safety messages for parents and carers.

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Improving outcomes for children and families in the early years: a key role for health visiting services

Local Government Association, February 2017

These case studies published in collaboration with the Institute of Health Visiting explore how integrating health visiting with other services such as children’s centres, early help, safeguarding and public health teams, can provide better support to children and their families. However, the report also raises concerns regarding health visitor posts being cut as a consequence of the reductions to local government funding.

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