Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Don't Kid around with Diet; Listening to the Self-Proclaimed Experts Could Put Your Child at Risk

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Don't Kid around with Diet; Listening to the Self-Proclaimed Experts Could Put Your Child at Risk

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ONE of the first things you are told when you become a parent is that you are the expert in your child. Nobody knows your baby better than you do.

It is great advice, when taken to a point.

While I might be an expert in my babies' routines, what settles them, what they like and don't like and their cute little personality quirks, there is plenty that I know nothing about when it comes to my children.

I don't have a degree in medicine, or nutrition, or have any kind of child health qualifications.

So when it comes to things I have no idea about, I defer to the experts.

Both my boys are uncircumcised because current advice at the time was there was no medical reason to do so, and we had no religious reason to either.

My kids are fully vaccinated, because all health professionals agree that it is needed.

I had regular visits to the child health nurse to discuss so many things, including their behaviour, their eating habits, their growing patterns. I feel I am a good parent because I take advice from the people who know.

It has me stumped that anyone would consider taking any advice on their children's wellbeing from people who don't know - for example, a celebrity chef, an actress and a naturopath with no medical or health qualifications.

Controversial paleo diet promoter chef Pete Evans was due to release a new book yesterday called Baby Yum Yum: The Paleo Way, a paleo cookbook for mums, babies and toddlers.

It was shelved this week because of health concerns relating to a DIY baby formula made from liver and bone broth. Experts came out and warned it could impair kids' growth and development, and one went so far as to say she was worried babies could die if the book was released.

Yesterday, it was reported that the book is now being investigated by the federal health department.

I just wanted to give myself a face palm.

We live in such a sad age where people are ruled by fad and ridiculous diets that they wouldn't even think twice about replacing health-regulated baby formula with a bone broth.

Now, I am all for children eating healthily; in fact, as a mother, it is one of the things I am most passionate about. …

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