How much salt should my child eat?
Babies and children (and grown-ups!) only need a small amount of salt in their diet. Because there’s already so much salt in the foods we buy (including bread and even biscuits) – it’s easy to have too much.
We use the NHS guidelines on how much salt we should eat:
|Age of child:||Maximum amount of salt:||Amount of sodium:|
|Up to 12 months||Less than 1g of salt a day||Less than 0.4g sodium|
|1 to 3 years||2g of salt a day||0.8g sodium|
|4 to 6 years||3g of salt a day||1.2g sodium|
|7 to 10 years||5g of salt a day||2g sodium|
|11 years and over||6g of salt a day||2.4g sodium|
Change4Life also has tips on how to swap salty snacks for healthier options: