Warm Feet Campaign

Mums in Beirut and Ahla Fawda have joined forces once again with “Warm Feet Campaign”. Many people, especially children are facing the snowy, cold and wet conditions of winter without proper footwear. With your support, we can help change that.

Join us in our Warm Feet Campaign as we provide suitable shoes and boots to needy people, especially children.

How will the campaign work?

  • Please ask your family and friends, students and teachers to donate gently used or new winter shoes and boots.
  • Ahla Fawda is happy to provide your school with sacks to collect the donated footwear.
  • Sacks will be collected from your school on Friday 2nd  February 2018
  • The donated shoes and boots will be sorted and packed by Ahla Fawda volunteers at the collection point.
  • The Ahla Fawda “Warm Feet Campaign” distribution will take place in Akkar, North Lebanon on Wednesday 7th February 2018.
  • This event will be documented by the Scottish Screen academy. It will be a story about how children are learning and growing through acts of giving and awareness of the world around them. (There is an interest in this project by two Scottish TV channels.)
  • All schools participating in this campaign will be credited by name in the documentary.
  • All schools will receive a report following the distribution.

Ahla Fawda, founded in 2012 is a Beirut based NGO. We are a volunteer only organization. Recent activities include: projects to beautify Hamra Street,an awareness campaign for special needs access in Hamra, Hamra and Aley Festivals, Art murals in Hamra and Aley bridge, regular distributions of  food/clothing to the needy.

We look forward to your participation in our community campaign.

We count on you our community,  our followers, our readers, our friends, ours families,  ours schools and organizations  for your support to make our mission a reality.

 

For further information, please contact Mrs. Imane Assaf on Tel: 03-907360

 

Yours sincerely.

Imane Assaf

Founding President, AhlaFawda

Happy New Year

Wishing you and your family a healthy and prosperous start to the New Year!

We are looking forwards to what 2018 will bring us.

Thank you for being part of our community.

Merry Christmas

Mums in Beirut couldn’t have become what it is without you and your support – whether you’ve been to a Mums in Beirut Meet up, enjoyed everyday inspiration on the Instagram corner or read the articles we publish.

Thank you.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

DAFA Campaign

On behalf of thousands of families in need across Lebanon, we’re reaching out to you to join forces!

Dafa Campaign, kicked off by journalist Paula Yaacoubian and in collaboration with BML Bank, is a national campaign that aims at

helping and supporting people in need all over Lebanon, by collecting donations such as clothes, blankets and all basic necessities.

So far, we were able to help over 50,000 families in need, our aim is to reach 100,000 this year..

We’re counting on your support to help us in this mission by spreading the word to your followers, friends and family.

Help can be presented in 2 ways:

– Donating Clothes, Blankets, Long Shelf Life Foods, Stationery, Home Appliances and other Basic Supplies. (Money Donations

Will NOT be Accepted). Donation Drop off boxes are spread across the country and in all 20 BML Branches. For more info about the drop off points please call. 76 099234.

– Volunteering to help sort out the donations before giving them to their new families.

Location: Martyrs’ Square / Date: 26/11/2017 / Time: 10.00 AM.

For more info on volunteering please call 76 099234.

Be part of this life changing initiative.

Spread the kindness within you !

من خیرك ساعد غیرك

Join us for a Gingerbread Frosting Party!

Bringing the community spirit with Help and Heal. Mums in Beirut is proud to be supporting Help and Heal in their christmas initiative next week taking place at Sursock Palace and Bristol Hotel in December 2017.

Join us for a  Gingerbread Frosting Party!

At Sursock Palace on November 22nd, 25 and 26 from 9am to 5pm
Bristol Hotel on December 1,2,3 from 11am to 9pm
Please register online at: www.helpandheal.lebanon.com

About Help and Heal

Help and Heal is a non-profit charity founded in 2001 that operates under the umbrella of the Bon Pasteur. lts motto is children helping Children as it is committed to improving the lives of the under-privileged Lebanese children of all confessions with the help of privileged Lebanese children, whose life in turn is enriched by the act of reaching out and giving.

  • Help and Heal provides Educational support

Through full tuition to a number of students in need.  A center where kids can come and get help with their homework. . A library that has been offered and inventoried by young volunteers, and that is added to every year.

  • Help and Heal provides Recreational opportunities

A recreational facility where children meet on Saturdays. . A full-board summer camp that has included in the past, meals at McDonald’s fun tlme at Waves and a magical day at the circus. . At Christmas, we make sure that our center is one of the stops on Santa’s world tour.

  • Help and Heal provides Health facilities

Help and Heal supports Bon Pasteur in accomplishing its mission to provide health facilities and medication  to families in need. A fully equipped dispensary is staffed by volunteers  doctors of  various specialities including a GP, a dentist and a gynaecologist.

Your contribution is appreciated this festive season.

Message from Help and Heal:

Being children, they all deserve to be happy. Part of the funds are destined to provide them with a full board summer camp, a fun day at Waves, movies and any entertainment suitable for kids. And, of course, we have to make sure that Santa does not forget them this year because every child deserves his Christmas gifts.

We know that there are many charities, all of which are in need of help. But we monitor the work of the Sisters of Bon Pasteur and we are truly impressed with the results they can show for with so little. Poverty is probably the strongest common denominator in Lebanon, and the Sisters make sure that every child under their care is treated the same.

But considering the high prices of goods and services, the money needed to help Sisters of Bon Pasteur do their daily miracles is not easy to attain. Help and Heal is doing their yearly fundraising activities. Other than offering the products of their bazar, they will offer a fun activity which is the joy of children, small and big: the decoration of a gingerbread house.

They hope to repeat this year the success they had in the previous one and be able to give to the children of the Sisters of Bon Pasteur a very Merry Christmas and a constructive and happy 2018“.

 

 

For more information visit their website, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram @helpandheallebanon

 

The latest trends on Recycling

For those who follow @Mums in Beirut on social media would realise the importance recycling has to our daily life and routine. Our hashtag #saynotoplastic says it all. As its National Recylcing Week, we want to share this article with you.

Recycling plays an important role in the life of a Mother. It is the setting stone in showing our kids and the new generation the importance it is for our community and the environment we live in. 

Why recycle?

Recycling is an important factor in conserving natural resources and greatly contributes towards saving the environment. We must all recycle to keep Beirut Beautiful.

Recycling in your Home

Recycling can be done in 3 easy steps by remembering the 3 Rs: Recycle, Re-use and Reduce.

RECYLE becomes a habit when you know how and what you can and cannot recycle. You can even get your kids involved too! Many materials can be recycled, such as paper, plastic, metal and glass. These need to be sorted in bins which then your municipality can use for recycling purposes. With kids at home, batteries can also be recycled, check out which centres provide this on the information sheet below.

REUSE and reduce, when shopping at the supermarket make sure you bring along a reusable grocery bags. In Europe, it seems like more and more supermarkets have discontinued plastic bags, and switched to paper-only shopping bags. They have also set up discount incentives for customers to bring their own reusable bag. That’s because they have finally discovered the inconvenient truth about plastic bags: They’re rarely recycled. They’re made from petroleum oil and they’re an enormous harm to our environment. Applaud yourself if you are already doing this as a Mum and for being environmentally aware. But if you’re still using plastic bags at the check out, read the facts below and consider making the switch. Our world deserves to be treated better.

Picture from @mumsinbeirut Instagram

Picture from @mumsinbeirut Instagram

REDUCE. Plastic bags take anywhere from 15 to 1000 years to decompose.

Most of plastic bags end up in landfills, the ocean, or some other place in the environment.  We clearly see a lot of  this on our streets, and in our sea. It’s estimated that 1 million birds and thousands of turtles and other sea animals die each year after ingesting discarded plastic bags, this is without mentioning  that some of the residual plastic particles end up in our food chain. When shopping at the supermarket, buy products that can be recycled easily such as glass jars and tin cans. Buy products that have been made from recycled material.

You can tell if a product is eco-friendly by looking at the label on the packaging.

Most Spinneys supermarkets have recyclable machine for plastic water bottles and we get the kids involved in recycling all the plastic bottles we have at home. For very 40 bottles you recycle either big or small, you receive a 2L Nestle water bottle so there is a reward for them at the end.

Recycling in your community

Following the waste “mis-management” crisis, please see the information gathered by the  Lebtivity team with a list of all recycling centres and hubs in Lebanon.  This is comprehensive list that you can share with your neighbours, friends, contacts, company, or municipality. Also check out what initiatives your schools have put in place for recycling as well as the business you work for.

Lebtivity.com

Every effort you make will make a difference to our daily life and for the safe and healthy upbringing of our children. We should all ‘Love the streets you live in’.

We have seen a few recycling bins around Beirut, which is a great improvement but we still need more of them around. We also need to educate our Lebanese people not to litter and recycle part of every day life. It is important to bring awareness to our community and for keeping Beirut Beautiful for us and for the new generation.

We would love you to share your thoughts with us. Make sure you follow ‘Mums in Beirut’ on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @mumsinbeirut and tag us using #mumsinbeirut to share your Beautiful Beirut pictures with us!

Strengthening the Child Protection Network

With the increased allocation of resources in recent years, the child protection sector in Lebanon has been able to steadily increase the coverage and availability of its services.

Every one of us can be part of the Child Protection Network, want to know how and what role can you play in fighting child abuse and protecting childhood?

 

Although civil societies are important, the protection of children from violence and danger can never become a reality with complete reliance on individual organizations. Rather, ensuring the comprehensive protection of children is the responsibility of whole communities requiring collaboration between multiple parties including parents, professionals, organizations and government. In this sense, protecting children is a responsibility of society as a whole.

While the child protection network shows promising growth, multiple challenges remain. The aim of this year’s symposium is to highlight existing and emerging challenges hindering the comprehensive protection of children in Lebanon.

Each panel, outlined below, will bring together different stakeholders in the child protection network to identify difficulties and suggest context-specific solutions to common issues faced in the field.

Himaya Lebanon are organising their Annual Symposium on October 20 and 21 at the Faculty of medicine in USJ. You are invited to take part in discussions and workshops to identify your role in protecting kids from all kinds of abuse. FREE admission and you can even bring your kids along.

Mums in Beirut will be speaking on Friday the 20th October alongside other speakers in the panel. Please find below full program.

FRIDAY OCTOBER 20th: PANELS

8h30-9h: Reception and registration

9h-9h30: Opening message and introduction of the day

9h30-1045h: Residential and alternative care systems in Lebanon

In Lebanon, as per law 422, the Juvenile judge can choose to protect at-risk children by placing them in a residential center. However, these centers don’t always manage to respond effectively to the physical and psychological needs of children. Current trends show an evolution towards promoting alternative care systems such as kinship or foster care. While there are entry points in law 422 that could allow for the implementation of alternative care systems, there are many bottlenecks as well, often related to religious beliefs and culture in Lebanon. How can we find suitable alternative care modalities that are adapted to the Lebanese context ?

● Judicial framework of child protection – challenges with measures for protection and possible alternatives
● Residential care in Lebanon
● Alternative care systems in Lebanon
● From alternative care to the importance of prevention: the “Isibindi” model

10h45-11h15: Coffee break

11h15-12h30: Children, institutions and sexuality

There is a culture of silence surrounding sexuality in Lebanon creating obstacles for the detection and prevention of child sexual abuse. Sexuality is rarely discussed with young people as it is most often considered taboo in their families, religious and educational institutions. This leads to young people having little information and guidance on healthy and acceptable sexual relationships. Ideally, sexuall education should be made available to equip young people with the skills, knowledge and values to make responsible choices about their sexual and social relationships. Also, community members in contact with children such as parents, teachers and other institutions should be able to discuss sexuality as a whole, including sexual violence, and offer guidance on how to protect oneself. The aim of this panel is to work towards facilitating the discussion around sexuality and highlighting its need for young people.

● The role of religious organisations and institutions in child protection
● The question of sexual education in Lebanon
● Integrating a sexual education program in schools

12h30-13h30: Lunch break

13h30-14h45: Emerging issues in child protection

As society and technology evolve, professionals in the child protection sector are facing new and re-emerging challenges that require more specialized interventions. One of these issues is that of children with special needs, a particularly vulnerable population that isn’t always receiving enough attention and support. On another hand, with the prevalence of smartphones and tablets, children have unrestricted access to content of all kinds. This creates new opportunities, but also exposes children to potential dangers such as cyberbulling and cybercrime that are on the rise. Finally, while child exploitation is not a new issue, the influx of refugees and the precariousness of their living situation, has lead to a significant increase in exploitation rates. Keeping in mind the particularities of our context and culture, how can we develop adapted and effective strategies for these different issues?

● Child protection and children with special needs
● Protection challenges for unaccompanied and separated children
● Cyberbullying and cybercrimes: role of the cybercrime unit

14h45-15h: Break

15h00-16h15: Towards a “resilient” child protection network

The child protection sector is a network of institutions and organizations working with the common goal of promoting the wellbeing and safety of children. In order to ensure long term protection for children, the sector should strive to be not only sustainable but also resilient. This means that implementation strategies should be adaptable to overcome context-specific challenges. One way to reach this goal is to link with other sectors that also work for the wellbeing of children such as the health sector. Buy-in from society as a whole regarding the issue of child protection must also be an objective for those involved. All the while, we should not forget that at the center of all these efforts are the children themselves. They are not only beneficiaries of our services but should be made active participants in their own protection.

● Implementing a Child Protection Policy for healthcare institutions in Lebanon
● Involving citizens in Child Protection
● Child agency: Children’s active participation in protection efforts

16h15-17h: Conclusion

Saturday OCTOBER 21th: WORKSHOPS

9h-9h30: Registration
9h30-11h15: First series of workshops
1. Residential centers in Lebanon : towards best practices
This workshop will unite stakeholders in an open discussion around the subject of residential centers in Lebanon. The panel will discuss local challenges, best practices and recommendations.

2. Parental guidance and sexual education
Parents often have difficulty communicating with their children about matters related to sexuality. Nevertheless, positive communication between parents and children greatly helps young people to establish individual values and to make healthy decisions. How should parents discuss sex and sexuality with their children?

3. The Isibindi model: a community based intervention
The National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) developed the Isibindi program in response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in South Africa. The word ‘Isibindi’ is isiZulu for ‘courage’. The program is a community-based intervention that provides prevention and early intervention care for children in poor communities where few services previously were available. This workshop will address how this model can be adapted in Lebanon,

11h15-11h30: Break

11h30-13h: Second series of workshops
1. Towards developing alternative care systems in Lebanon
In this workshop, a situation analysis of the Lebanese context regarding alternative care measures will be presented focusing on its specificities. International standards and their adaptation to the local context will be discussed.

2. Exploring the perception of sexuality and sex education in Lebanon
This workshop will address the question of sexual education in Lebanon taking into consideration societal taboos and religious dogma. Through an interactive exchange with the public, positives and negatives of each position will be explored to determine what is in the best interest of children.

3. Discrimination and emotional lives of displaced youth

The aim of this workshop is to take a fuller measure of the emotions and challenges associated with experiences of discrimination. The presenters will draw on sociological insights, recent academic debates and their current research in Beirut to offer ways for exploring how displaced youth experience discrimination, racialized bullying and micro-aggressions, both in schools and in their daily lives. The findings and methods discussed will offer new ideas or tools that workshop participants might find useful when engaging with displaced youth, organizations or policymakers.

13h-14h: Lunch

14h-15h30: Third series of workshops

1. The role of religious institutions: Dialogue with religious figures about child protection
This workshop will bring together religious leaders from various confessions to discuss openly and publicly the roles and responsibilities of religious organisations and institutions in child protection.

2. Children with special needs : policy and interventions
Children with special needs are often at greater risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation than other children. Child protection systems should focus on the inclusion of this group of children, and their caregivers as well as address social attitudes and perceptions. Efforts should be done at both the prevention and intervention levels. How can we develop intervention strategies and policies that are adapted to children with special needs?
3. Cybercrime unit: how to protect children online
In this workshop, the ISF’s Cybercrime unit will give recommendations and guidelines on how to protect children from cybercrimes, and will illustrate their intervention through case studies

15h-16h: Closing

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
Phone: 79 – 30 10 52 OR 76 – 45 19 47
Email: annualsymposium@himaya.org

Kiddle, a safe visual search engine for kids

Kiddle is a visual search engine for kids powered by Google, offering safe kids web, image, and video search. Last week we posted an article on internet safety tips.

When our children use the Internet to search for images for projects or anything related to school work, please encourage them to use Kiddle instead of Google.

Kiddle is a child-specific researcher supported by Google, which prevents the appearance of things that are not suitable for them.

Make Kiddle part of your default page on your laptop or PC.

Here is some more information about Kiddle.

1) Safe search: sites appearing in Kiddle search results satisfy family friendly requirements, as we filter sites with explicit or deceptive content. Please read more on kids safe search on Kiddle here.

2) Kids-oriented results: the boxes below illustrate how Kiddle returns results for each query (in the order shown):

Safe sites and pages written specifically for kids. Handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors.
Typically, results 1-3.
Safe, trusted sites that are not written specifically for kids, but have content written in a simple way, easy for kids to understand. Handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors.
Typically, results 4-7.
Safe, famous sites that are written for adults, providing expert content, but are harder for kids to understand. Filtered by Google safe search.
Typically, results 8 onwards.

3) Big thumbnails: most Kiddle search results are illustrated with big thumbnails, which makes it easier to scan the results, differentiate between them, and click the most appropriate results to your query. Thumbnails serve as visual clues and are especially beneficial to kids as they don’t read as fast as adults.

4) Large Arial font in Kiddle search results provides better readability for kids.

 5) Privacy: we don’t collect any personally identifiable information, and our logs are deleted every 24 hours. Please read our full privacy statement here.

Why does Kiddle use a .co instead of a .com domain?: In Kiddle’s case “co” stands for “children only” – our focus and vision for Kiddle.

 Kiddle is powered by Google Safe Search but is not affiliated with Google Inc.

 

Internet safety tips for parents and educators

 

 

How can we help our kids have a healthy start to the school year?

Today’s contributing article is by a member of  our community, Maya Aboukhater, who is a mother of 2 and a registered dietitian with special interest in mothers and children, diabetes and weight management based in London, UK. She explains the importance of good nutrition and active lifestyle in order to have a healthy start to the new school year. She currently works in two private UK hospitals and sees private patients as well. .

As a working mother in London she discusses:

  1. How can we keep our kids stay active while we are keen to help them have a successful year at school?
  2. The vitamins and minerals we or our kids tend to be deficient in especially during the winter months.
  3. How we can assess whether we or our kids are deficient?
  4. Where can we find the vitamins and minerals from?

 

How can we keep our kids active while we are keen to help them have a successful year at school?

With all the pressure of school and homework, it is very important for kids to keep active once back to school. Research suggests a strong link between movement, learning and attention. Toddlers and pre-schoolers should be doing at least 3 hours of physical activity through the day. This may include going to the park, running, jumping, climbing or visiting a soft area.  Kids by the age of five should have at least 60 (or more) minutes of physical activity each day and exercises for strengthening muscles 3 times per week. Keeping kids active can be achieved by walking to and from school and as much as possible. Strengthening exercises can include swimming, football or tennis. Screen time should be limited to spend 1-2 hours maximum.

 

The vitamins and minerals we/our kids tend to be deficient in especially during the winter months.

A vitamin is something that helps our body function – a ‘nutrient’ – that we cannot make in our body. In order to assess whether we are deficient in vitamins or minerals during the winter months, it is important to check whether you have an acute or chronic illness, injury or surgery as this can have considerable impact on your nutritional status. This can be directly the result of the injury or indirectly because of the effects of your food intake. It might be also worth checking whether the medication you maybe taking can affect your nutrient intake and absorption. There are other factors that also affect your nutritional status including age, gender, weight, height, waist circumference and ethnicity. In addition, environment, shopping habits and cooking facilities plays an important role. Examples of increased nutrient losses include vomiting, diarrhoea or bleeding. Difficulties in self feeding, chewing or maintaining food in the mouth also increase nutrient losses.

Examples of physical signs of nutritional problems:

If your hair is thin, sparse, or colour has changed, your body may be deficient in protein, energy, zinc and copper.

If your skin is dry, flaky or bruising, your body may be deficient in essential fatty acids, B vitamins, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

If your eyes are pale, your body may be deficient in iron and Vitamin A.

If your tongue colour changes, your body may be deficient in B Vitamins.

If the enamel of your teeth is molting, you may be having an excess of Fluoride.

If your gums are spongy or bleeds easily, your body may be deficient in Vitamin C.

If your thyroid is enlarged, your body may be deficient in Iodine.

If your nails have spoon shape, your body may be deficient in iron, zinc and copper.

If your muscles are wasted, your body may be deficient in protein, energy and zinc.

If you can see the beading of your ribs, your body may be deficient in Vitamin D.

How do you assess whether you are eating the right food for you?

Dietitians usually consider food and fluid intake during the last 24 hour. We discuss your usual meal pattern and food choice with your overall dietary balance. The duration and the severity of any change in appetite and oral intake are considered.  People mostly underestimate the impact of social conditions, isolation, lack of knowledge of the carer of the child, alcoholism, financial difficulties, bereavement especially if your partner used to organise meals.

Are you still not sure whether you are deficient in any vitamins or minerals?

Asking your doctor to have a blood test provides you with objective results. This can help determine the status of specific nutrients in your body. This can include Vitamin B12 if you are vegetarian or iron deficient or if you suffer from heavy bleeding especially for women. As with adults, assessing the nutritional status of infant, child or adolescent is vital  prior to developing an appropriate nutritional care plan. Children have changing needs as they grow and develop. Other factors to consider depending on the age of the children are: feeding behaviours, growth evaluation, family viewpoint regarding nutrition, feeding habits and mothers’ nutritional status when breastfeeding. It is very important to check whether your child is at risk of malnutrition as this not only affect their growth but also their immune function to fight diseases.

Where can we find the vitamins and minerals from?

One vitamin that we tend to be deficient in especially in winter is Vitamin D. According to the British Dietetic Association, ‘vitamin D’ is sometimes called the ‘sunshine vitamin’ and our bodies make vitamin D from sunlight during the spring and summer.

During October to March, most people get vitamin D deficient. At other times of the year, it is recommended to eat foods that contain vitamin D, such as:

          most margarines

        fortified brands of soya milks, yogurts and desserts – check the label

        fortified breakfast cereals – check the label

          dried skimmed milk

          fortified yoghurts

        eggs

Additional supplements are recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women, children under five-years-old, people aged over 65 years and people who are not exposed to much sun subject to doctor or a health professional advice.  The Department of Health recommends that all children aged six month to five years are given vitamin supplements containing A,C and D every day. If mothers are breastfeeding, babies should get daily Vitamin D from birth. If your child is drinking more than 500ml of infant formula, vitamin supplements should not be given because the formula is fortified.

Another vitamin that is important especially if you are vegan is Vitamin B12. Eggs and dairy foods contain Vitamin B12. Vegans should include fortified foods containing Vitamin B12 (check the label):

          yeast extract

        soya milk, yoghurts and desserts

        breakfast cereals

        certain brands of rice drinks and oat drinks.

A mineral that our body tends to be deficient in especially for women is iron. Red meat is the most easily absorbed source of iron, but various plant foods also contribute:

        fortified breakfast cereals

        dried fruit

        beans/lentils

        leafy green vegetables

        sesame seeds

          nuts

        wholemeal bread

In order to help your body absorb iron from plant foods, you can include a source of vitamin C with your meal (e.g. vegetables, fruit or a glass of fruit juice).

Calcium is another important mineral that is important to grow and stay healthy especially around menopause for women.

Dairy foods are rich in calcium. If you’re not eating these, include plenty of the following:

        tofu

        calcium-fortified foods e.g. soya milk, yoghurts and puddings; rice/oat drinks; and fruit juice

        green leafy vegetables, especially kale and pakchoi, but not spinach. Although spinach contains calcium it is bound to a compound called oxalate. This greatly reduces it absorption making it a poor source of unusable calcium.

        brown/white bread

        sesame seeds/ tahini

        nuts

        dried fruit e.g. apricots and figs.

if you eat a lot of wholegrains and beans, this can reduce your zinc absorption. Eat fermented soya such as tempeh and miso; beans (soak dried beans then rinse before cooking to increase zinc absorption); wholegrains; nuts; seeds and some fortified breakfast cereals. If you don’t eat meat or fish, you can include some nuts into your diet, especially Brazil nuts which include selenium.

Iodine is another important mineral that help your body make thyroid hormones. Good sources of iodine includes sea fish or shellfish. If you’re a vegan include small amounts of iodised salt or sea vegetables for your iodine. Extra care is needed during pregnancy, breastfeeding, weaning and in childhood to make sure that all nutritional needs are met.

Most people get all the nutrients they need by having a varied and balanced diet, although some few people may need to add extra supplements. Be wary of fad or detox diets as there is no magic solution to losing weight very quickly. Very restrictive diets can potentially lead to long term deficiencies. If you are not sure if you/your child are meeting your nutritional requirements, I suggest speaking to a dietitian.