Salty food

Baby health

Salty food

Most parents watch out for sugar intake but they may not be aware that kids are getting a high amount of salt in their diets which is equally bad.

What problems can salt cause?

How much salt should be in your child’s diet?
The children’s nutrition specialists tend to recommend between 1,000 and 1,200 milligrams of sodium to children daily. This is approximately half a teaspoon of salt every day. Children who regularly eat more than that are at risk for health problems.

Foods high in salt include:

Help your child eat healthy
Even if your child is unable to let go of salty foods, you can teach them to make healthier food choices and clever swaps. Give your child lightly salted rice crackers instead of potato chips and look for low-sodium snack brands. Or you can try making your own fun snack mixes at home to control the amount of salt.


Dr. Wanwadee Sapmee Panyakat (OB-GYN) (30 June 2020)


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