What should I do if I think I have swine flu?
It is vitally important that anyone suffering flu-like symptoms should stay at home to reduce the spread of the virus. You should contact your GP so your symptoms can be assessed.
An increase in body temperature (38 degrees C or above) is a key symptom, but other symptoms include headache, aching joints and muscles, weakness and fatigue, sore throat, cough, runny nose or stomach upset.
Information about the symptoms is available through the Directgov website and NHS Direct www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
Feeding your Toddler
At this age, children are growing very quickly and are usually very active, so they need plenty of energy (calories) and nutrients. A health and varied diet should provide all the nutrients your toddler needs.
Remember to include these sorts of foods every day:
- Milk and dairy food - these provide calories, protein, vitamins and minerals.
- Meat, fish, eggs, beans, peas, lentils, tofu - these are rich in nutrients such as protein, vitamins and minerals. You can give boys up to four portions of oily fish a week, such as Mackerel, salmon and sardines, but it's best to give girls no more than two portions of oily fish a week. (See eatwell.gov.uk for more information.)
- Bread, rice, pasta, breakfast cereals, potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes - these starchy food provide calories, vitamins, minerals and fibre.
- Fruit and vegetables - these contain vitamin C, and other protective vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre.
5 A Day for Kids
Here are some handy tips for getting your Children eating 5 a Day!
- Get them started on the 5 A DAY habit early.
- Bite-size pieces of fruit and vegetables are perfect for small hands, and make great party food.
- If cooked vegetables aren't popular with your children, try blending them into casseroles, soups and sauces, or see if they prefer their vegetables raw.
- The natural sweetness in sweetcorn, carrots and cherry tomatoes make these vegetables popular with children.
- Liven up school lunch boxes with brightly coloured vegetables such as carrots or treat your kids to bite size fruits like grapes or strawberries instead of sweets.
- Give a jelly extra bite by adding fresh or canned fruit.
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