How much salt do children need? Here are the guidelines for proper sodium intake at each stage of childhood
The World Health Organization
advises not only adults but also infants, children and teenagers up to 15 years to reduce their salt intake. The right doses of sodium and iodine are essential to decrease the likelihood of problems such as high blood pressure and obesity, promoting healthy development of the child. But how much salt do children need?
The salt table for children
On the site founded by the English Department of Health and Social Assistance (NHS)
there are precise guidelines to follow in feeding the child
at every stage of his childhood.
- 0 to 12 months: less than 1 gram of salt per day (corresponding to 0.4 grams of sodium)
- o 1 to 3 years: 2 grams of salt per day (0.8 grams of sodium)
- 4 to 6 years: 3 grams of salt per day (1.2 grams of sodium)
- 7 to 10 years: 5 grams of salt per day (2 grams of sodium)
- From 11 years onwards: 6 grams of salt per day (2.4 grams of sodium)
However, the data in the table must be interpreted, because it must be considered that baby food is already naturally salty and therefore it is not necessary to add salt at least for the first year of age
. In addition to not being a good choice for health, the salt added at this stage of childhood can easily lead to a habit of a distinctly salty taste, which is then difficult to abandon.
The latest WHO recommendations
would like public health interventions to be aimed at reducing salt intake and increasing potassium.
IDEALE fine / coarse contain potassium significantly reducing the presence of sodium .
Those who, for specific reasons, should not take potassium, can opt for IDEALE spray or IDEALE liquid
which have no trace of it.
Finally, all the products of the IDEALE range are IODISED.