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Food safety

Young children are especially vulnerable to bacteria that cause food poisoning. So it’s very important to store, prepare and cook food safely, and to keep the kitchen clean.

For a healthy, safe diet:

  • wash all fruits and vegetables before eating. Peel and top carrots and peel fruits such as apples
  • avoid raw eggs – they sometimes contain Salmonella bacteria, which may cause food poisoning (also avoid giving your child uncooked cake mixture, home-made ice-creams, mayonnaise, or desserts that contain uncooked raw egg – and, when cooking eggs, the egg yolk and white should
    • be firm
    • when re-heating food, make sure that it is piping hot all the way through, and allow to cool slightly before giving to your child (if you choose to use a microwave to heat your child’s food, always stir and check the temperature of the food before feeding your child to avoid burning from hot spots)
  • don’t give children food or drink when they’re sitting on the potty, to avoid passing bacteria to their food and mouth
  • teach your children to wash their hands after touching pets and going to the toilet and before eating.

We are indebted to Health Promotion England for their help in compiling this section.