Although toddlers are a delightful and trying challenge, food provides a perfect medium for the struggle for independence. Many toddlers use food to test their power, but others can create scenario...s that gradually restrict their diet by avoiding new foods, or creating meal times that are a nightmare for the whole family.
Over recent years there has been a significant increase in the prevalence of childhood food allergy in Australia. This presents a challenge to health professionals working with families of young ch...ildren who may be on strictly controlled foods. As a result, this has the potential to impede long term good eating habits and cause incongruous behaviours associated with food.