Food Intolerance

Assessment Task CYPOP 2 Care for the physical and nutritional needs of babies and young children
In relation to the nutritional needs of a child from 18 months to 36 months show how to plan meals for young children that meet their nutritional needs based on government guidance and information   from their carers
Between the ages of 18 and 36 months children start to learn some of their attitudes towards food and also start to develop some likes and dislikes and preferences.
During this period children are growing in height quickly and are normally very active.   They therefore need a diet that will provide them with sufficient energy and protein to assist with their growth .
A nutrient dense diet is essential during this period.   These are foods that are high in calories but also high in nutrients such as protein, vitamins and minerals.   It is important not to give children foods that have high calorie content but are also high in saturated fat as they do not contain a lot of nutrients but they will fill children’s stomach up.   Such foods include sweets and crisps.   Foods such as sugary puddings, pies and fried food or sugary drinks should only be offered very occasionally.
Children in this range should be eating lots of fruit and vegetables.
Settings should provide food that mirrors the meals that children have at home and therefore it is good practice to get parents involved in helping to plan meals. Providing meals that children have at home may also give other children the opportunity to try different   types of meals.
Foods that contain salt, lots of sugar, nuts, raw eggs, some fish, low fat and low calorie and high fibre foods should be avoided.
At this age cows milk should be offered.   Full fat milk is recommended until the age of 2 years and after that as long as children are eating well they can have semi-skimmed. Skimmed milk should not be given.
The best drinks for children are either milk as above or water.   Children need sufficient water to...