Salt used in the diet is a mineral called sodium chloride. Salt comes from seawater and from underground deposits. Your child’s body needs sodium to stay healthy.
Too much salt in your child’s diet can lead to too much sodium in the blood and cause health problems. For example:
The amount of sodium your child should have is based on age:
If your child takes medicine or has any medical problems, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before you change your child’s diet. Sodium is found in many foods. Adding salt to food adds more sodium. Here are ways to decrease the salt in your child’s diet:
After your child has been on a low-sodium diet for a while, his sense of taste for salt will change. For most children, this takes about 30 days, so it is important to stick with it. There’s a good chance you will find that your child enjoys eating foods that have less salt and are less processed. Some foods, like canned soups and packaged meats, may start tasting too salty.
To learn more about cutting down on sodium, see: