Warning on baby nutrition
30 September 2005
Doctors are not given enough training in child nutrition which can be vital to good health later on, an expert warned yesterday.
Professor Alan Lucas [Institute of Child Health] said the lack of medical training in paediatric nutrition was a serious problem. Research has shown that how babies are fed in the early months of life can influence their risk of heart disease later on.
Professor Lucas has helped raise £250,000 for a new paediatric nutrition centre at Great Ormond St Hospital, London.
He said: "Medical training in this area is deficient in the UK and US. Most parents want nutritional advice. There is great concern about obesity and how early nutrition affects long term health."