All Things Coeliac

Carol Matta from CarolMattaNutrition is currently updating her knowledge and skills in the dietary management of coeliac disease.



This update includes:

– completing a short update course developed by the British Dietetic Association and Coeliac UK
– accessing relevant national and international guidance on the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment
-refreshing knowledge on current relevant legislation on food labels for a gluten free diet
– feeling more confident about offering expert dietary advice to those with coeliac disease, through reviewing some patient case-studies
– sampling and cooking with some prescribable gluten free products
– knowing where to signpost patients with coeliac disease for more information & support
– subscribing to a health professional resource service for those working in this field

If you need information or advice in this area, please get in touch


Introducing A Cup to Infants – UK Parent Resource Available

A new resource for parents and carers on when and how to introduce a cup to infants is now available. Moving on to Cups – developed by the Public Health Nutrition Network of the British Dietetic Association and the Comic Company, the leaflet covers the key messages for parents:

  • A cup can be introduced to an infant at around 5-6 months of age, once the infant is sitting up and able to hold their head steady.
  • An open cup should fully replace a bottle at around 1 year of age.
  • The cup should be made of appropriate food safe material, have two handles and preferably no lid.


  • A free-flow, lidded beaker (that lets the liquid run out when held upside down) is also suitable, but the lid should be removed to make an open cup as soon as the infant has learnt how to drink. Cups and beakers with non-drip valves are not suitable.
  • A small amount of water or milk (breast or formula) should be offered in a cup initially. From 1 year of age, full fat cows’ milk can be offered. Milk and water are the best drinks for children.
  • Juice or squash are not required by infants, but if they are given they should be diluted 1 part pure juice to at least 10 parts water, given only at mealtimes and in an
    open cup.
  • For children over 1 year of age, flavoured milk and smoothies should also only be given with meals (not between meals) and from an open cup.
  • Avoid giving fizzy, sugary drinks and those containing caffeine (such as tea and coffee).
  • A lidded cup or bottle should not be given to infants to help them get to sleep.
  • An infant should never be left alone when drinking and they should always be sitting upright. Solid food (e.g. rusk or baby rice) should never be put into a cup or bottle.

This A5 size leaflet can be viewed and is available from here.

Carol Matta from CarolMattaNutrition is pleased to have been involved in the development of this resource and the British Dietetic Association’s policy statement Introducing a Cup to an Infant’s Diet . An article on this topic for those working in Early Years Education is awaiting publication.

Photo courtesy of V. Watson RD.