UK mums appear to be the least knowledgeable about the nutritional needs of their toddlers compared to mums in other European countries. This observation is the result of a research conducted by an organisation tracking toddler health care practices of mums across Europe.
According to the research, 69% of mums in UK have poor knowledge of toddler diets, only a little better than the 74% of Germany and 74% of Sweden. The research also highlights the lack of guidance British mums get regarding the specific nutritional requirements of toddlers during their developmental year, with only 32% provided with detailed and accurate information about it.
Dr. Carrie Ruxton, a child nutritionist, said that it’s worrying how many mums are not properly educated about toddler’s diets considering the pressing problem of obesity among children in UK.
Despite the persistent obesity problem, a survey by Growingupmilkinfo.com reveals that just a fifth of British mums worry about their children getting obese. On other hand, 68% of Italian mothers and 72% of Spanish mothers are concerned about the problem.
A full quarter of UK mothers choose adult pre-prepared foods simply because they appear cheaper than home-cooked foods. In comparison, only 4% of Spanish mothers feed their toddlers pre-prepared foods.
The survey result establishes that UK mums generally do not know about the specific dietary requirements of toddlers and this is evident in their lack of knowledge about the food types that contain vitamin D, a nutrient very important to the growth of toddlers.
The research, which also tackled eating habits of toddlers, reveals that UK toddlers are not getting enough iron and vitamin C from diets, which is unfortunate since they need a lot of them to sustain proper growth and development.
In conclusion, Dr Carrie Ruxton said that it’s evident that UK mothers have to be provided more assistance on the nutrition requirements of their toddlers and suggested that they seek advice from nutritionists or online health advisers such as Growingupmilkinfo.com.