Never as in this historical period has the Web has played and plays a fundamental role in terms of searching for information and sharing experiences, allowing like no means of communication before breaking down space-time barriers.
In a few seconds it makes it possible to find information from the other side of the planet and this is undoubtedly a huge possibility, which, like any opportunity, however, must be understood, analyzed and grasped in the most correct way.
While it is true that inquiring is now easier than ever, it is equally true that it is not easy to navigate the myriad of websites and information that often appear true, but are only “likely”. In jargon they are called “fake news“, (English phrase born in the 21st century) or”buffaloes“, To put it in the Italian way, real news or information presented as real and verified but which instead present many pitfalls, because they have little or only a part of truth.
When we at Period Fertile were involved in the project Nutripedia – Inform yourself to grow, it seemed to us a great opportunity to contribute to giving resonance to a message that we believe to be fundamental, namely that of correct information. We have known for many years that mothers and families have an increasing need to obtain correct information for the health of their children and when we were presented with such an important project on nutrition we could only welcome it with enthusiasm.
Nutrition is a crucial factor for the child’s well-being: educating immediately to a correct lifestyle, which knows how to harmoniously combine a healthy diet with physical activity is of enormous importance. Empower parents and all those who take care of the little ones it is essential for health of future generations: “Fake news” and misinformation are always insidious, when they concern health they can also create serious problems and this must be avoided in every way. We cannot afford misleading or hearsay information.
To scientifically unfounded and false opinions Nutripedia contrasts –with the support of Danone Institute Foundation and thanks to the work of the experts of REMOVE (the Milan Maternal and Child Intercompany Network) – clear and rigorous directions, a website and a movement based on love. Love for children, for science and for proper nutrition.
Nutripedia: where have we arrived today
With Nutripedia we have come a long way and like any self-respecting journey, it is also important to take a break from time to time to rethink all the main stages.
We have touched on issues that have always been close to our hearts and we had the opportunity to dissect them with the opinions of the experts who were able to provide us with the most suitable indications.
We have exposed so many false myths, often handed down for generations and which still make us smile: who has never heard that “beer makes milk” or that “grows longer”? Or how many times has it seemed “normal” to us that during pregnancy it is permissible to “eat for two”?
These are just brief hints and points starting point from which the Nutripedia team of experts started to debunk them in the first place and to then counterpoise information that is finally correct and verified.
We have addressed an issue that is at the top of the list of parental concerns and that is it weaning, the phase of transition from a milk-only diet to solid food.
And on this issue too we had a lot to discover. For example that there is no precise and equal time for all infants, in which to start complementary feeding: the correct timing for the introduction of the first foods other than milk depends on numerous individual variables, including, above all, nutritional needs, growth, neurophysiological and anatomo-functional development and the socio-cultural context. The choice, therefore, of the moment in which to start thecomplementary nutrition it depends not only on the different ones nutritional needs of the infant but also by its “neurological maturity” and its interest in foods other than milk. Important is always respect the times of the child, without being in a hurry to anticipate its natural stages of growth.
Last but not least, Nutripedia added one to his website interactive and very useful tool to give support to parents in real time, when they are grappling with daily doubts.
This is the Chatbot, the APP that can be downloaded for free from the Apple and Android app stores, which by not replacing the opinion of a gynecologist and pediatrician, can support in the first 1000 days of the child’s life.
The chatbot allows parents to ask questions about issues related to nutrition in childbearing age, in pregnancy, breastfeeding and during the first years of the baby’s life.
Surely the road taken to unmask the “Fake-news” by replacing them with verified and timely news is still long, but the direction is certainly the right one and Nutripedia has been able to trigger a “virtuous” movement that involves experts and families in constant dialogue and confrontation.
Love for children, for science and for proper nutrition is what drives us Nutripedia: an ambitious and generous project in which we are proud to take part.
Nutripedia has proved to be a useful tool for families and as such has also been recognized by pediatricians. Just in these days the X edition of the congress “Pediatrics in Clinical Practice” took place and in this context, a large space was dedicated to Nutripedia: it is a great pride to be part of a project that has come to have such a recognition!