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Providing a healthy, nutritious meal for your child(ren) on a tight budget can be both daunting and challenging for anyone. Below is a useful set of resources to help with this.

We understand that it can be difficult to encourage children to try and eat new foods, especially if they are a ‘fussy eater’ or have a food allergy or intolerance.

If you struggle to ensure that your child consumes a well-balanced diet, take a look at these top tips from the NHS around how to cater for ‘fussy eaters’.

In addition, if you are struggling to manage your child’s food allergy (e.g., eggs, milk, peanuts, wheat) here are some useful guidelines from the NHS.

Please note that a food allergy is not the same as a food intolerance.

A food allergy is: when the body's immune system reacts unusually to specific foods. Although allergic reactions are often mild, they can be very serious. Symptoms of a food allergy can affect different areas of the body at the same time. Some common symptoms include: an itchy sensation inside the mouth, throat or ears - a raised itchy red rash - swelling of the face, around the eyes, lips, tongue and roof of the mouth – vomiting.

A food intolerance is: when an individual has difficulty digesting certain foods and has an unpleasant physical reaction to them. It causes symptoms, such as bloating and tummy pain, which usually happen a few hours after eating the food. The number of people who believe they have a food intolerance has risen dramatically over recent years, but it's hard to know how many people are truly affected. Many people assume they have a food intolerance when the true cause of their symptoms is something else.

For more information around food intolerances, please visit: NHS - Food Intolerances.

Page updated: 08/03/2022 Page updated by: Rita Rountree

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