Holiday and Summer Essentials

By Katherine Whitby, 18th July 2018

 

What an amazing summer we are having! The warm weather can bring more accidents as our little ones have fun outside. Most accidents are just part and parcel of childhood, with the inevitable bumps and bruises. However, in A&E rather than a quieter summer period after the bugs of the winter months, are we are having busy time at the moment with lots of injuries.

So, it is best to get prepared ideally by doing a First Aid course but also to be equipped at home, when you are out and about and of course going on holiday.

 

First Aid Kit for when you are out and about / on holiday:

 Ideally it’s great to have some bits to hand in the car and when travelling in your nappy bag, kiddies bag or whatever bag or handbag you take out with you!

  • Sticky plasters in various sizes and shapes – children friendly ‘Mr Bump’ or similar are great!

  • Non-adherent absorbent dressing

  • Bandage 


  • Blunt first aid scissors


  • Adhesive tape

  • Sterile gauze to clean a wound – clean water is a good start when cleaning a wound and usually enough.

  • Insect repellent – check age appropriate.

  • Antihistamine cream to help soothe insect bites and stings – usually only suitable for children over 2.

  • You can buy clip on a mosquito repeller which are great and transmit noise (silent to us) to keep them away. Great if your little one is too young for insect repellent.

  • Remember in treating any burns cool water is the best possible treatment

  • Aloe Vera Gel – fantastic for hot and bothered skin from the heat, sunburn, superficial burns, bites, bruises. At home keep it in the fridge as when chilled it is amazing!

  • A gel cool pack to keep in the fridge – choose one your child will like e.g. peppa pig ‘bruise soother’ to help with co-operation! It can be applied to bumps to relieve swelling. A packet of frozen peas is just as good, but wrap it in a clean tea towel as direct contact with ice can cause a cold burn on skin.

  • Piriton for children – for children over 1 year, liquid anti histamine for MINOR reactions which is good for bites, irritated skin.

  • Thermometer – digital or tympanic are the most reliable

  • Paracetamol for children – pain relief or to help a temperature

  • Ibuprofen for children – pain relief or to help a temperature, helpful for bruising and swelling as it is an anti-inflammatory.

You can just make a little First Aid kit in a zip up bag or I highly recommend First Aid Kits by Baby Aid. A great story too as Baby Aid was started by a Mummy who attended one of my early First Aid courses!

 

Tips for Flying:

  • Check with the airline what they can offer you in terms of space, a bassinet, warming food/ milk, anything you might need!

  • Have your little one sucking on landing and take-off to help with the pressure in their ears – breast/ bottle feeding, dummy, eating... whatever works for you and is age appropriate

  • Take sachets of Paracetamol and/ or Nurofen, in case they are in discomfort with pain in their ears

  • Take spare clothes – for you and them, spare nappies, muslins and comforters

  • Mini books, sorting toys, upload to your phone or iPad their favourite programmes to keep them entertained/ distracted!

  • Check latest advice on taking baby milk and foods through security to avoid tears (yours and theirs!). You can buy most stuff once you are through to the other side

  • Be wary of the plane staff heating things up it can come to you very hot! Not good for safety or when they are starving!

  • Try not to worry about noise from your little one disturbing other passengers. It only makes you stressed which your little one picks up on and makes them worse. Babies on planes is part of travel and other passengers just have to lump it. You travelled kiddy free once and I bet you were patient?! They can switch off, but you can’t so look after yourself

  • If you little one sleeps don’t turn on a movie – sleep! You don’t know how long it will be for or when they or you will sleep again so take advantage!

  • Try not to stress about time differences, sleep times and jet lag. Easier said than done I know but you can’t predict how they will sleep in an unfamiliar environment – plane or where you are staying or manage jet lag or time differences. Once you are at your holiday destination you can put familiar things in place and all unwind into the holiday

 

 

 

Emergency Contacts

If you are going away on holiday check out all the emergency contacts before you go – I never used to before having kids! Have these to hand in your bag and also pinned up at home, make sure babysitters and grandparents know them too!:

  • Ambulance 999 in the UK, 112 in Europe or check for other countries if going abroad

  • NHS 111 for free telephone advice 24 hours a day

  • GP details whether at home or abroad

  • Local A&E department whether at home or abroad Accident Prevention and Home Safety Remember to have a good look around where you are staying on holiday, with friends or family for any hazards, in particular:

  • Kitchen – anything sharp, cleaning products, oven doors…..list goes on!!

  • Bathroom

  • Stairs

  • Steps outside

  • Lose flexes they may like to pull or chew on

  • Blind cords hanging down

  • Water – ponds, swimming pool

  • Glass - doors or tables

  • Corners – prominent edges or corners they could bang their heads on

 

Holiday Makers

Remember friends or family, or those around you who do not have young children will not be in the same red alert state you be wary of medication they could reach, hot drinks, alcohol (!), hot hair straighteners, gates left open...

 

Managing the heat

While it’s amazing to have the hot weather, it can also be tough on little ones. Things that can help are:

  • A fan - at a distance, not too close

  • Aloe Vera gel as mentioned above

  • Just wearing a nappy or a sheet sleeping bag at night

  • Be very careful not to cover prams, push chairs, car seats or slings with muslins or any kind of covers. You are admirably trying to keep out hot sun but babies are struggling to manage without enough air circulating. Where possible, use sun hats, shade or ensure there is good ventilation. There is a new generation of sling covers which crazily are black and are thick fabric and are causing babies to overheat

  • Your little one may want more fluids due to thirst, say little and often. If fully formula feeding you could give water in between feeds, breast milk will adjust to the heat to have a higher water content, water in a cup, if they are having food then ice lollies (you can make great home made ones), cucumber and melon are a few of the great refreshing foods

 

 

Enjoy yourselves!

Having said all of this of course it is so important you get to unwind and relax - as much as you can with little ones!!! Be prepared, get things in place and then you can enjoy your holiday and making precious memories.

Think there is even more I could add but this truly is plenty for now! Does anyone else have any top tips to add for holidays or things to keep at home?

Have a wonderful Summer and holiday, Katherine x

 

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Yummy Summer Breakfast and Snack ideas

By Katherine Whitby 20th June 2018.

 

Hope you are enjoying summer. I absolutely love this time of year, with whole summer ahead of us. I feel so different with the sun shining. We can be outside more, enjoy nature, everything looks more colourful and I love feeling the warmth of the sun. Life as a parent is so much easier as they can run around and play games outside, have less layers of clothing, not getting soaked in the rain! Although I know it can sometimes be too much for the littlies in the heat especially at night. I really wanted to share with you 6 of my favourite super easy, quick, healthy ‘go to’ snacks for summer. Calling them snacks doesn’t really do them justice. They can work to be honest for any time of day; amazing for breakfast or throughout the day. They perfect for the whole family, hands little and big, and are all massive favourites in our house. Many are the perfect way to start babies on finger foods. As ever, if you are nervous about finger foods get in touch to do a First Aid course!

Best of all they are sooooo yummy!!!

They are all perfect for this time of year and because many of them are chilled they are amazing for keeping cool and incredible for soothing teething gums - Bonus!

Take a look on this video and let me know what you think!

 1. Yoghurt – natural full fat yoghurt, you could use a dairy alternative coconut or goat’s yoghurt.

2. Add in chia seeds, milled nuts and seeds, mashed fruit.

3. Avocado and nut butter Dips and crudité – make your own dips (I had made beetroot homous – so good!) or can buy wonderful dips just check the ingredients for any added salt or sugar. Nut butters with fruit or veg wedges – literally the best!

4. Those who are nut free here are some alternatives at kitchn.com

 

Summer food

 

5. Home made lollies – watermelon make amazing ones or if you love smoothies then pour them in the moulds to freeze, as long as they are higher in veg than fruit.

6. Fruit and veg wedges – watermelon again wins the day!

 

Enjoy the sunshine

Katherine x

 

Super Practical First Aid tips

23rd May 2018, by Katherine Whitby

 

I am hot foot back from my own update for Paediatric First Aid. As well as making sure all the training and info I give is as up to date as possible, I love gathering extra tips to share with you all. Here are 5 of the best tips, old and new, for you. First Aid is the same for all ages but we adapt things for kiddies to make them less scared and more co-operative!

Do let me know if you have used any of them or have any extras to add!

 

What do I do if my child gets stung?

If the sting is to the lip give sips of water to cool and reduce swelling. Use a credit card to scrap the sting and flick it out. Did you know that was the best thing to do?! Never use tweezers or pull the sting out as venom could release the venom under the skin and into the blood stream. If on a limb elevate and apply a cool compress – a Peppa pig or Mr Bump bruise soother will be perfect, if you have one! If the child is showing any signs of facial swelling or difficulty in breathing please call 999 as they could be having an allergic reaction.

 

When treating a burn – any burn – cool running water if the best thing.

No matter what has been caused the burn it must be cooled down as quickly and as effectively as possible and cool running water for 10 minutes, is the best thing to do this. If it is caused by hot water (scald), a hot object (thermal), a chemical burn, an ice burn, an electrical burn, radiation or a dry burn you know that cool running water will offer pain relief and prevent further damage.

 

When cleaning cuts and grazes clean water is the best thing.

It’s what we use in A&E & I recommend on the Baby & Child First Aid course. St John Ambulance confirmed when antiseptic is applied & stings it’s causing cell damage which can delay healing & increase the risk of infection. Did you know that? So, let the body do it’s job healing!

It is also not helpful when you are trying to calm a child down & the antiseptic stings & makes them cry more! If a wound is particularly dirty or concerning, please seek advice.

 

Sling image on Baby Steps


The best way to get splinters out

It is horrible when little fingers and feet get a splinter. This is more common in the warm weather when they are love the grass under their feet! You may need an extra pair of hands to offer comfort and keep them still or if you are on your own do the best you can!

  • Wash your hands
  • Clean area with soap and water to soften the skin
  • Squeeze the skin
  • Use tweezers to remove
  • ’Milk’ skin to let it bleed slightly and remove dirt
  • Clean with water and apply plaster - character child friendly plasters work a treat - Peppa pig, Paw Patrol etc!
  • Make sure tetanus is up to date


What do you do if a tooth has been knocked out?

Usually there is little any dentist would do for a ‘milk’ first tooth but do seek advice from your dentist for your own reassurance also. Ideally if the child is old enough to understand put the tooth back into where is fell out and ask them to keep it there until you see a dentist. Otherwise, place the tooth in milk or ideally their spit (not yours, our mouths are full of germs!) and see a dentist ASAP. Do you know where you nearest emergency dentist is? If not check out now just in case! I always think if you find out you never need it, it’s when you haven’t and you wished you had!

As ever check you have an up to date First Aid kit, have recently done a First Aid course (get in touch if you need a refresher) and have all you contacts for minor accidents as well as the emergencies on your pin board!

 

Take Care

Katherine x

 

Royal Society Prevention of Accident Safety Week

By Katherine Whitby 23rd April 2018

 

It’s RoSPA’s Safety Week!

While we want our babies and toddlers to learn and explore. This great video by RoSPA highlights really important safety advice. I was glued!! Pop it on your phone and watch or have it one while you are making the supper – it will be one of the most useful half an hour you can spend.

 

Here are the highlights

Get on your hands and knees!! Check your home at a low level - what can you see? Look for wires hanging down, hot drinks they could reach, small objects that they might put in their mouth, drawers they can open – what’s inside?

 

Keep your remote control at a height!

They can have button batteries in which are very dangerous if swallowed. They cause long term internal damage. Check you don’t have any loose around the house. Be aware of what objects in your house contain them. Make sure covers are tightly screwed on any toys, musical books, mobiles, kitchen and bathroom scales, watches, clocks… the list goes on. The sausage the video is scary!

Make sure nappy sacks are zipped away – they cause suffocation. They can be attractive to little ones. They rustle and smell nice!

 

Washing capsules are so colourful and squidgy!

Little ones are really attracted to them; they look like sweets or toys. Washing capsules are made to dissolve on moisture contact. So are very dangerous if they go in the mouth or are squirted in the eye. Please store them out of reach.

Chop tomatoes, grapes, soft fruits or any round shaped foods e.g. sausages into small pieces (quarter them) to reduce any risk of choking. Whilst they are eating supervise them and make sure they not walking around when they are eating!

You must supervise your children in the bath at all times!

Beware of hair straighteners – they stay hot for a long time. Put in a heat proof bag and put out of reach.

The safest place to change your child’s nappy is on the floor.

 

Car Seat Advice

Check your car seat harnesses - there should just be 2 fingers between the child and strap. Check every time as clothing can make a difference.

Babies should not be left to sleep in their car seat once they come inside the house.

 

Burns

The greatest cause of burns are hot drinks so keep out of reach. The video shows clearly the devastating effect they can have.

The most serious scalds are from bath water – add the cold in first and then the hot so they don’t jump into a hot bath.

 

Beware of blind cords

It may not be your house it could be friends or families you are visiting or at a holiday home. It happened to us at a baby friendly cottage - William was pulling on them straight away! Make sure they are out of reach. The video has great advice.

Many of these highlights show supervision is key!

Check out www.rospa.com/FSW for more amazing safety advice, leaflets and posters. Follow them on social media for more great videos.

I run through all this advice in my Baby and Child First Aid course.

Let me know what you think of the video.

Just get in touch with any queries or tips of your own to share.

 

Stay safe

Katherine x

 

Ways to ease the discomfort of Teething

26th March 2018

 

In my last blog I wrote about my Teething event with Joanne ‘The Ealing Mummy’ covering teething and dental health. Now it’s the all-important info about how we can help ease any discomfort can be eased. So here are my ‘Top Tips’:

  • Distraction – in the day time babies will be more distracted from any discomfort by playing and day to day activities. Equally making sure you factor in some quiet time if they are feeling a bit weary – or you are too!

  • Hugs and reassurance!

  • Teething rings - these can be cooled in the fridge and can offer relief. However initially some designs can sometimes be too big for the baby’s mouth!

 

Image of Teething Rings

 

  • A muslin cloth which has been in the fridge

  • Babies from 4 months can have teething gel from the pharmacy which gives pain relief when rubbed on the gums. Products include: Bonjela, Dentinox, Boots

  • Homeopathic teething granules can be bought in sachets from the pharmacy. You tip the granules into the baby’s mouth and this can offer relief. Products include: Nelson’s Teethas, Aston & Parsons, Boots

  • Emma from Brush Baby talked about how prevention is the key and keeping the mouth free from bacteria by using Brush Baby dental wipes can help to relieve discomfort. This can also be done with a clean cloth and water

  • Baby Massage strokes to the face can release tension from crying and discomfort

  • Sugar free Ibuprofen (anti-inflammatory) or Paracetamol can be given. These can ease the discomfort if the baby is particularly in pain, for example when the tooth is ‘cutting’ through the gum. Check the appropriate dose for your baby’s age, can be given from 3 months onwards

 

Foods to soothe teething:

One of the most wonderful ways to soothe sore gums is with cool foods and drink. Your little one will love the sensation of coolness to relieve the inflammation as well as being able to chew on chilled food. As appropriate for your baby’s age and stage with Weaning my top recommendations are:

 

Image of Super Foods

 

  • Cool water – simples!

  • Yoghurt – so soothing and most babies LOVE yoghurt! Full fat Greek yoghurt with fruit, milled nuts or seeds is perfect and really healthy. To be honest you can add yoghurt to anything. I even remember adding it to fish pie when Isabella was teething – sounds gross now but did the trick! If your child has a diary intolerance or allergy try goats or coconut yoghurt.

  • Hummus – any dips or hummus are amazing on chilled chopped or roasted veg for the little ones to chew and suck. A real winner and nutritious too. So many different colourful dips available now or if you feel inclined they are super easy and quick to whizz up and then I freeze them.

  • Chia mousse – this tastes sooooo good you think it should be bad for you but it’s a powerhouse of nutrition. Blend a banana with milk (milk of your choice) and 2 tablespoons of chia seeds and leave in the fridge overnight. The seeds swell and make a yummy mousse. It can be eaten alone or mixed in yoghurt or porridge. Banana can a swopped for mango or other blended fruit.

  • Chilled batons of cucumber, carrot, melon, apple. Feel free to cook the carrots to the consistency you feel comfortable with. When carrots are raw they will generally just chew on them. If you cook them don’t make them too soft or they will be squashed! Batons need to be chunky so they can have a good grip and not just end up on the floor!

  • A chilled banana! Yep that easy or wedge of chilled avocado might also be a fave.

  • A piece of chilled bread – lovely for them to chew on. Let me know any other ways you find helpful to ease any discomfort from teething, especially any food ideas!

 

Take Care

Katherine x

 

Need advice on Teething?

Find out more following my ‘Teething’ event this month

26th February 2018

 

 

I get asked about Teething so much so it was easy to decide the topic for our next event. I had a fantastic time meeting lovely parents and babies at my ‘Teething’ event with colleague Joanne ‘The Ealing Mummy’ at the fab Grove pub in Ealing. As well as useful info everyone came away with a wonderful goody bag filled with great goodies from Babease, Brush BabyNibbling teething jewellery, Vitabiotics, Bibetta.

We had a taster session with Helly from Monkey Music Ealing and Acton, which was great fun and enjoyed by the parents and babies alike!

Joanne talked about Dental Health. She advised Ealing has the worst dental health in London! 1 in 4 children have tooth decay and admission to hospital for dental extractions is the biggest reason for children age 5-9 to be admitted. Scary and horrifying stats so good dental care start here! Once your baby starts to gets a tooth, start to use a toothbrush and toothpaste twice a day. Let your baby hold their toothbrush so they get used to the feel of it – even if they do not actually help brushing their teeth with it! Remember there is no place for juice in children’s diet, they will get natural sugar from fruit and naturally in food.

 

 

Here is some of the info I covered in the event about teething and in my next blog I will discuss the best ways to soothe Teething:

 

A little bit about teething:

  • Babies develop at different rates. Some do not have a tooth until over a year, while others can be born with a tooth!

  • The first teeth to come through are usually the front top and bottom teeth

  • There are 20 teeth to come through and they are usually present by 3 years

  • Some babies have very little discomfort while others find it a painful experience. They may be unsettled intermittently as the tooth travels down the gum

  • Sometimes you can feel the tooth starting to come through if you run your finger along the gum or you may see a white tooth appearing

  • As the tooth forces its way through the gum the soft sensitive tissues can become inflamed, sore, swollen and tender

 

The main signs of teething are:

  • Flushed, warm and slightly swollen cheek

  • Excessive drooling or dribbling – you will need lots of bibs!

  • The baby chewing, gnawing, and rubbing their gums with their hands, their cup, bottle or toy

  • The baby showing signs of discomfort – crying, decreased appetite, irritable, sleep disturbance

  • Teething can be associated with diarrhoea and a slight increase in temperature. Both symptoms should be mild. If you are concerned or the baby has any other symptoms seek advice from your Health Visitor or GP

 

Top tips from my lovely Dentist, Dr Pavan Bopanna:

  • Symptomatic treatment like mild pressure on the area and use of teethers can be helpful

  • Keep all sheets and blankets clean as babies tend to bite and chew on it

  • Paracetamol (Calpol) is generally safe and helps reduce pain and discomfort

  • Pain and discomfort will go away in 1-3 days, however it can carry on for up to a week per tooth in severe cases

 

Are Dummies Helpful?

  • There is evidence to suggest that it has a very soothing effect and helps babies calm down

  • We suggest it is best not to use anything as it may cause the shape of the upper jaw and teeth to procline (Move forward)

  • However it is better than thumb or digit sucking because it is easier to stop and get rid off than thumb sucking. We suggest you break the habit as soon as possible

 

The Butts Dental Practice:
Brown & Bopanna associates,
10, Boston Manor Road,
Brentford TW8 8DL
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 0208 5602583

 

I hope this has been helpful as a starting point to discuss Teething and next time the all-important ways that can sooth teething, including some brilliant food ideas!

Let me know if you have any queries or ideas.

Katherine x

 

Want to live a long and healthy life? Which ‘Pillar’ will you work on first?

Katherine Whitby, 22nd January 2018

 

I was lucky enough to go to an event on Friday with Dr Rangan Chatterjee of BBC’s ‘Doctor in the House’, who is shaking up the way not only we, but doctors look at health. He spoke about how modern medicine has become about looking at one symptom and giving one treatment ‘What’s the Pill for the Ill?’. This is partly due to GPs having only 10 minutes to see patients. Also, he argues that as our lifestyles and society have changed, putting massive pressures on our health, so medicine also needs to change. He says there is a lack of awareness and knowledge in the medical profession that many symptoms are connected and a multi-pronged approach is required. As a result, treatment is not getting to the bottom of the problems or preventing a multitude of long term health issues but merely supressing symptoms. The strain on our NHS health system is catastrophic, which I witness everyday whether in A&E or visiting families at home.

After a near tragic incident with his son, Dr Chatterjee has spent the last five years looking at how lifestyle and changes in society, over time has had a crippling effect on our health resulting in many chronic illnesses. In his bestselling book ‘The Four Pillar Plan’ he outlines how simple changes to our lifestyle in the areas of ‘Relax, Eat, Move and Sleep’ will profoundly improve our health now and in our future. The results he has seen in his practice and on BBC’s ‘Doctor in the House’ are staggering and wonderful! He even claims Alzheimer’s can be reversed. With support from big names such as Jamie Oliver and Nutritionist Amelia Freer, I truly believe he is going to make massive differences to the way we and the medical profession view health and how problems should be addressed through the growing movement of ‘lifestyle medicine’.

Just as we now understand ‘We are what we eat’ Dr Chatterjee has found in extensive research the accumulative effect of stress, sleep deprivation, eating processed foods, lack of movement in our day to day lives, the inability to switch off and relax because we are always ‘switched on’ due to our phones, social media, TV, bright lights. We have moved away so far from what our bodies we intended to do.

As parents, we need to consider how our children will cope with this effect on their health as they grow up. Huge rises in depression, mental health problems, high blood pressure, dementia, gut related illnesses, allergies - the list goes on are a result of years of pressure on often at times, seemingly ‘healthy’ bodies resulting in chronic illness. Type 2 diabetes now accounts for 10% of the NHS’s budget - £1 million an hour!

Here are the simple changes he recommends to slowly introduce. He says to aim to work on each pillar equally say 2 or 3 changes in each rather than aiming for all in one pillar as all 4 pillars have equal importance.

 

Relax and Eat pillar

Move and sleep pillar

 

I am so excited to see the changes ahead in the world of health and working on my pillars! I highly recommend the book, it’s easy to dip in and out of even if you don’t have much time to read it. Have you read Dr Chatterjee’s book and tried any small lifestyle changes? Let me know what you think.

 

Pillar image

 

Here’s to a healthy 2018.

Katherine x

 

Handy tips for a safe and successful Christmas

By Katherine Whitby 14th December 2017

 

While you may be in full swing with Christmas shopping and wrapping the presents, here are a few tips for staying safe and well over the silly season, plus a few presents ideas. Let me know if you think of any others!

 

Christmas present ideas

  • For any parent, parent to be, grandparent or anyone looking after kids - fab, compact First Aid kits by Baby Aid. Perfect for a nappy bag, the car or when travelling.

 

 

  • Give yourself or any loved ones a real boost by getting in touch with our friends at Nature Doc Shop for supplements, vitamins, fish oils tailored to you. Also take a look at their gorgeous natural products, from baby snacks through to lovely toiletries for little ones and for you, toys and a whole range of other goodies!

  • How about endless family days out with National Trust membership? Loads of running around, fresh air and fantastic places to explore which are kiddie friendly. The National Trust may not be your bag or local but there might be other memberships nearby which could be great yearlong gifts.

 

If you are going to stay with relatives or friends:

  • Give them the heads up if your little one/s is on the move to make sure no medication, cleaning products (e.g. bleach by the loo), alcohol (!) or gardening chemicals are in reach. We are hopefully more relaxed over the holiday season. Babies and children can be busy exploring while you are busy chatting and find all sorts of things!

  • When people don’t have little ones themselves, they aren’t in the same red alert state you are, so it’s just worth thinking about whether there are any tricky staircases, table corners, blind cords hanging down, large objects such as vases that could be hazardous for little heads or equally tiny objects for little hands!

 

 

 

A word about candles...

  • I absolutely love candles especially at Christmas time. Again, I know it sounds obvious but I see these accidents happen - make sure candles are out of reach, not left unattended and are away from curtains, ribbons etc. If you decide to use the fake ones remember they have button batteries so be very sure no little hands can get to them. So much to think about!

 

 

During the holiday season when your GP will be closed or on reduced hours, make sure you are aware of the nearest medical facilities:

  • GP 24/7 – Our newest service ’GP at Hand’ enabling you to book a GP appointment via an app. They have had some good reviews

  • NHS 111 - 24-hour non-emergency phone line. They can give advice, signpost you to services and arrange out of hours GP appointments – been a lifesaver!

  • Late night pharmacy – check out opening hours as its’ so often the way you need something late at night

  • Urgent Care and A&E – these services will be stretched over the holiday season but if you feel you need urgent treatment make sure you are aware of your nearest Paediatric A&E wherever you are staying.

 

Stock up! Make sure you have plenty of:

  • Tissues

  • Cold remedies – vapour rubs and drops, plug in vaporisers, saline drops.

  • Check your First Aid kit is up to date

  • Pain relief (hangover?!)

  • Check all your safe proofing is in place for little visitors

  • Along with all the Christmas treats have some healthy fruit, veg and snacks to give your digestion a helping hand. Nut butters, avocados, bowls of nuts and seeds (minding little hands can’t reach big nuts) vegetable crudities and humous at the ready to keep those good fats and proteins topped up. How about a lovely big bowl of Christmassy clementines for a shot of Vitamin C? They smell amazing too!

 

No matter what you are up to over the festive season I wish you a safe and healthy and happy holiday. Take the time to rest in any way you can and enjoy the magic that Christmas can bring.

Thanks for all your support in 2017 and here’s to an exciting 2018!

Warmest wishes,

Katherine x

Continuing my mission to revamp our breakfasts!
Here are some more time saving ideas...

By Katherine Whitby 28th November 2017.

 

T’was the night before work/ nursery/ playgroup/ school or just dashing out of the door! Here are breakfasts you could make in advance which can last 2-3 days and be hugely time saving. They will increase our energy levels and importantly give little growing brains and bodies the best start to the day.

They have been a big success with my own children and many families I have worked with!

  • Cook up some quinoa (fantastic protein) or buckwheat and put in a bowl in the fridge. In morning mix some with natural yoghurt (full fat or coconut). Add in any of the ‘little extras’ featured in my last blog to make this a bowl of heaven. Soooo good!

  • Overnight oats or ‘bircher’ whatever you prefer to call it! Soak some porridge oats in the milk of your choice overnight or whatever time you have in the morning it still works. Again in the morning mix with any of the ‘little extras’. Grated apple is a massive favourite with cinnamon and some milled seeds. Again so yummy!

 

 

  • Home made granola – to make this put some greaseproof paper onto a baking tray and pre heat oven to 170C/ 150C fan/ Gas 3. In a bowl mix 180g roughly chopped nuts, seeds, dried fruit and porridge oats, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup, ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract, pinch of salt, zest of an orange, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Tip onto tray and cook for approx 20 minutes. Store in an airtight container. When I made this for the first time I wondered why I had never made it before it is so easy! Add to yoghurt, fruit, milk. You may feel this is too crunchy for babies. You could soak in milk overnight to soften for them.

  • Chia mousse - those who have been on Weaning course will know I am a huge fan of this (check out page 8 of my Weaning book!). It is soooo delicious you feel it should be bad for you! Chia seeds are a ‘powerhouse’ of nutrition. Add a couple of spoons of chia seeds, a banana and milk of your choice into a blender or Nutri Bullet. Whizz up and leave overnight and you will have an incredible mousse you could add to yoghurt, porridge or just have on it’s own. You can use mango, strawberries or any fruit of choice instead. ENJOY! 

 

 

Let me know what your family things of these suggestions and please let me know if you have any to add. These ideas really changed our breakfasts and made us move away from usual cereal and toast. We love them!

If you need any advice or support around meal planning, weaning or feeding please get in touch, as I would love to help. I can offer 1:1 advice at home or online or I run Weaning courses at home or venues.

Katherine x

Super quick and healthy breakfasts for the whole family

By Katherine Whitby 12th October 2017

 

We see recipes online, in magazines and books, for yummy, nutritious breakfasts but so rarely have time to make them! It is so easy to have the same breakfast everyday. Most children in the UK have cereal and/ or toast with jam, with crisps being the third most common breakfast food in secondary age children. (Doctor-Patient Partnership (DPP). As a result they (and many of us!) start the day with sugar and carbs leading to a mid morning ‘dip’ which is not conducive to learning in nursery or school or for the littlies avoiding tantrums! A good breakfast is essential for parents’ energy levels too! It may take time to change taste buds but you can gradually introduce these ideas along side their breakfast of choice. This will encourage them to give it a go.

 

Key tips:

Eat the same breakfast - this saves time making separate breakfasts and they are much more likely to eat well when eating with you, giving you all a healthy start to the day.

  • As much as possible (when time!) from toddler age, let them have an input into the making, spreading, adding, stirring etc as they will love the feeling of independence and be way more interested.

  • Stay chilled - a new idea might need to be offered a few times in different formats before it’s a winner!

  • Put out the ‘little extras’ for them to choose - see below! While Jamie Oliver’s fab new book and TV series promotes 5 ingredients let’s go even lower – 2!

 

Four Super quick ideas as voted by my children are…

1. Cut an avocado in half. Remove the stone and spread nut butter into the hole and on the top. Bigger hands can use a spoon to scoop out or for smaller hands remove the skin and do slices or mash up this combo. Nut butters are a wonderful, convenient protein and way to gradually introduce nuts to babies.

2. Banana with nut butter – slice or cut in half as a finger food or mash.

3. Banana or avocado on their own or mixed together (they actually go really well together promise!) spread onto toast, oatcakes, crumpets and cut as suits the size of hands!

 

 

4. Natural yoghurt, full fat or coconut, (or Porridge if you have time to make it) with the ‘little extras’ (see below). So yummy!

 

 

The ‘little extras’

I found a huge change in my children’s enjoyment of meals after presenting them with a little ‘buffet’ of things to choose from. They think it’s all up to them! You can put these into jam jars or little containers to pop out on the table in the morning (or night before) and let them dig in or for babies give them a go, as you feel comfortable adding to yoghurt and porridge.

  • Ground almonds (perfect protein and way to introduce nuts for babies)

  • Seeds (can be bought milled for babies or use the milling blade of a nutri bullet) – pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, linseed, poppy, hemp, chia….list goes on!

  • Dried fruit – chopped as you feel comfortable

  • Pomegranate seeds (need to be in fridge)

  • Home made granola (recipe to follow next time)

  • If you have time grated apple or carrot to add sweetness

  • Cinnamon

  • Nutmeg

  • Vanilla Extract

  • Honey (for over 1) – a good runny honey can save time and mess!

  • Why not crush up Weetabix or Shredded Wheat or add Rice Krispies to get them interested and add in (ideally not Coco Pops!)

  • Add pieces of fresh fruit, dried fruit and nuts on their plate – as appropriate for their age

 Let me know what you think of these ideas and how they are received!

 

Next time I will look at breakfast ideas, which can be prepared, in advance ready for a few days ahead.

If you need any advice or support around meal planning, weaning or feeding please get in touch, as I would love to help. I can offer 1:1 advice at home or online or I run Weaning courses at home or venues.

Katherine x

Be prepared at home or out and about

By Katherine Whitby 24th May 2017

 

Whether you need to blow the dust off an First Aid kit you have had a while, fancy buying one ready to go or are starting from scratch check out my latest video for all the essentials for children.  As we enjoy the warmer weather it is worth considering what you might need when you are out as well as ensuring you are all set at home, maybe giving a kit to family and having one for the car.  

Let me know if you think of anything else!

 

Take Care and enjoy the sunshine

Katherine x

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