Ruth Charles

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Helen Browne with her six-month-old daughter Éabha. “There is so much conflicting information out there. You are always conscious about what’s an advertising ploy and what’s real.” Photograph: Garrett White

When Sarah Keogh advises distraught parents on what to do with a fussy eater, the dietitian sometimes thinks the whole problem might have been avoided(...)

Nutritionist Caroline O’Connor  in Passage West, Cork, with her husband John and their children Finn (3), Aidan (7), Declan (9) and Alice (1). Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

The beauty of good family habits is that they encourage everybody to do the right thing without negotiations and rows. They just become the way thing(...)

Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) in the movie Twilight: one of these kids  definitely didn’t get enough Vitamin D

Sometimes it seems that as soon as we take one health message to heart, we run into another problem as a result. The importance of year-round sunsc(...)

Lucy Hutchinson: Full of energy and no longer pale and tired, Lucy is thriving on a gluten-free diet since being diagnosed with coeliac disease.

When seven-year-old Lucy Hutchinson made her First Communion last Saturday she was the first child in the church to receive the host – for a reason(...)

Barry Murphy, managing director of Paganini, which produces FitFuel ice creams. The products come in single-serving tubs.Photograph: ©Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Providing children with a nutritionally balanced diet is a struggle for many parents, but when children become ill and are in hospital, this strugg(...)

Cooking different meals and foods based on the likes and dislikes of the child can have huge consequences. Photograph: Getty Images

It is one of those things that before you became a parent, you never imagined you would do: cook different dishes for dinner, to suit individual taste(...)

Safefood suggests lunch boxes contain two portions from the cereals and bread group, one portion from the meat or ‘meat alternative group’, one portion of dairy and at least one portion of fruit or vegetable. Photograph:Getty Images

As busy parents know, the need to plan a healthy, nutritious and inspiring lunch box each day can take some planning. Add to that the question of alle(...)

Tropical summer fruit salad.

The least scary part of Halloween should be the treats, but for many they are a nightmare. It’s a good idea to think ahead this mid-term break and hav(...)