Is there a minimum age for using the app?
We advise against using the app until your child’s at least 12 months old. Until that point, your child will it would be good typically be getting all the nutrients they need from breastmilk or formula.
Is there a maximum age for using the app?
The app can be used for children up to the age of 18.
How does the app calculate my child’s nutrition requirements?
The app makes a series of calculations based on your child’s age, weight, height, gender and activity level. It then suggests a recommended daily calorie intake that will help your child to grow at a healthy rate.
The app draws on official, government nutrition advice, including Department of Health guidance on mineral and vitamin requirements and Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) guidance on energy requirements.
Why is a nutrient requirement showing as zero?
For some age groups, it’s advised that certain vitamins and minerals are avoided. It’s recommended that children under four, for instance, avoid free sugar.
Where this is the case, the nutrient requirement will show as zero, for your child.
What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist and why are they important?
Understanding the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist isn’t easy at the best of times. Both roles have their own technicalities that make them special.
To break it down to its very basics, a dietician is a registered health professional that works with individuals and businesses to develop healthy regimes to maintain a certain level of health. According to the British Dietitians Association, "All dietitians are regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) who exist to protect the public. They publish a register of dietitians and other health professionals who meet their standards. Only those on the Register can call themselves dietitians."
A nutritionist, on the other hand, works with individuals to help them eat healthier but does not need any qualification to call themself a nutritionist. This isn’t to say that there aren’t great nutritionists out there doing fantastic work for their clients. There are degree-qualified Nutritionists who are registered with the Association for Nutrition on the UK Voluntary Register for Nutritionists who are also excellent professionals to contact.
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