I’m thinking about weaning my baby on a vegetarian diet….

by Catherine Shortall, Registered Paediatric Dietitian. We are all aware of the rising popularity of plant based eating and reducing animal product consumption. I’ve made an active effort to reduce my consumption of red meat and animal products and increase plant...

The Importance of Vitamin D for Your Family’s Health in Ireland

By Cathy Monaghan, RD MINDI, Paediatric Dietitian. Adapted from the HSE Guidelines for Vitamin D supplementation in Ireland. Vitamin D, often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin,” is unique because it can be synthesized by the body when the skin is...

Help! Could my Child have Coeliac Disease?

By Cathy Monaghan RD MINDI Paediatric Dietitian. It’s perfectly natural to worry about your child’s health and lots of parents worry about gut symptoms. But when does a symptom need investigation?   Let’s talk about the possibility of your child...

Are Nutritional Supplements bad for the environment?

By Cathy Monaghan RD MINDI Paediatric Dietitian.   With the arrival of Autumn there has been an exponential increase of the number of people recommending nutritional supplements on social media. In my opinion we tend to forget about the impact of this mass...

Help! My Child won’t eat without a screen…?

By Cathy Monaghan RD MINDI Paediatric Dietitian.It can be challenging when a child becomes reliant on screens during mealtimes, but there are steps you can take to address the issue and promote more family focused mealtimes. Here are some tips to help your child...

What is Child Autonomy and How Can it help my Fussy Eater?

By Cathy Monaghan RD MINDI Paediatric Dietitian.What is Child Autonomy?Child autonomy refers to the idea of allowing children to make age-appropriate decisions and have some level of control over their own lives, within the boundaries set by parents or...

Top Tips for Picky Eaters …..

That don’t INVOLVE extra cooking!Sharing a meal with a picky eater can take some of the joy out of family meals. Are your family meals based around what your kids eat rather than easy meals that all the family can enjoy together? Would you like to help your...

Please Play with your Food!

I was delighted to contribute to this article for The Farmers Journal on fussy eating and helping your fussy eater.Title: Parenting: please play with your foodWorried that you have a ‘fussy eater’ at home? Rebecca Lenehan picks the brains of the experts for their...

Are we getting Childhood Obesity ALL wrong?

By Cathy Monaghan RD MINDI Paediatric Dietitian.   I’m a little later than planned but March 4th was World Obesity Day. A recent prediction is that almost 400 million children around the world will be living with obesity by 2035, that’s 100% more than in 2020....