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Expatriate Healthcare News: Parents should give babies a 'wide variety' of foods

Expatriate parents could curtail the likelihood of their child having to make a claim on international health insurance policies in later life by exposing them to healthy foodstuffs from an early age.

According to independent public health nutritionist Fiona Wilcock, evidence supports the claim that the more often a product is put on a baby's plate, the higher the likelihood is that the child will eventually eat it.

This is even the case if the youngster initially rejects it, she declared, advising parents to provide their children with "as many different types of fruit and vegetables as possible early on".

Babies cannot get their foods from any person other than those who are providing care to it, the specialist noted.

Recent research from Cow & Gate revealed many mothers feel pressurised about this aspect of parenthood, with 39 per cent feeling other mums and dads judge them for not cooking baby foods from scratch.

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