Foods to avoid - Toddler
Take care to avoid the following foods:
- Raw eggs and food that contains raw or partially cooked eggs because of the risk of salmonella, which causes food poisoning. If you give eggs to your toddler, make sure the eggs are cooked until both the white and yolk are solid.
- Whole or chopped nuts for children under five years old because of the risk of choking. It's a good idea to crush or flake them.
- Shark, swordfish and marlin because these fish contain relatively high levels of mercury, which might affect a child's developing nervous system.
You might also want to avoid giving raw shellfish to your toddler to reduce their risk of getting food poisoning.
There's no need to add salt to your toddler's food. From the age of 1 to 3, children should be having no more than 2g a day. If you're buying processed foods, even those aimed at children, remember to check the information given on the labels to choose those with less salt.
There's no need to add sugar or honey to food for your toddler.
Don't give sweet drinks such as fizzy drinks and fruit squash because they cause tooth decay. If you do give fruit squash or sugary drinks, make sure they're well diluted with water and drunk at mealtimes. Between meals, it's better to give water or milk to drink.