How much salt?
The daily maximum amount of salt your child should be eating varies with age:
- 4 to 6 years - 3g salt a day (1.2g sodium)
- 7 to 10 years - 5g salt a day (2.0g sodium)
- 11 and over - 6g salt a day (2.4g sodium)
These are maximum levels so ideally your child should be eating less. Limiting salt in the diet will also help to ensure that your child doesn’t develop a taste for salt.
There is no need to add salt to your child’s food. Salt is in many processed foods so always read the food label to check how much salt it contains and choose lower salt versions. See Looking at Labels for understanding how to read food labels.
Information reviewed November 2015
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