Foods for kids to avoid

Foods for kids to avoid

There are some foods your child will need to watch. Here’s what it may help to know

Although your child’s immune system is getting stronger, there are still a few foods that you should avoid giving them before the age of five:

Raw egg

Raw egg may contain salmonella, which causes food poisoning. Wait until your child is about five years old before you give soft-boiled eggs or other foods that contain raw or partially cooked eggs (eg. some homemade mayonnaise). Your child can eat eggs as long as they are cooked until the white and yolk are solid.

Whole nuts

Whole nuts should not be given to children under the age of five because of the risk of choking.  Nuts that have been crushed or ground are ok (eg. peanut butter).

Certain fish species

Do not give your child shark, swordfish or marlin to eat as these fish can contain relatively high levels of mercury, which can affect their developing nervous system. Also, limit the amount of oily fish (eg. salmon, mackerel, trout and fresh tuna) to no more than four portions a week for boys and two portions a week for girls.

Raw shellfish

It is best not to give raw shellfish to children to reduce their risk of food poisoning.

The views expressed here are the views of experts giving advice. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd. If you have any concerns about your child’s health you should consult your GP or health visitor.