Tip 6: Healthy Start

Healthy Start is a scheme in the UK that gives free food and multivitamins to pregnant women & children <4 years of age, if their family is receiving income support or child tax credit.

Pregnant woman get vouchers for milk, fresh fruit & vegetables,  & multivitamins (folic acid, C & D).

Children <4 years of age get vouchers for infant formula, fresh fruit & vegetables, & multivitamins (A, C & D).

Try to check that parents are registered for the scheme if applicable before discharge from SCBU.

External links: Healthy Start

Jessiman T, Cameron A, Wiggins M, Lucas PJ. A qualitative study of uptake of free vitamins in England. Arch Dis Child 2013;98:587-591.

Previously published: 07/10/13, 18/06/14

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