How to Control Sodium in Your Child's Diet

To reduce sodium, check the Nutrition Facts labels on all food. A food that is low in sodium has less than 140 mg per serving. It is especially important to check the sodium content when choosing prepared foods such as frozen entrees, frozen pizzas, flavored seasoning mixes, and canned soups. Also, try seasoning with herbs, spices, citrus, vinegar, or salt-free seasoning blends instead of salt.

The following tips can help reduce sodium in children's diets:

  • Let children choose from different salt-free seasoning blends.
  • Teach children to use the Nutrition Facts label to check for sodium content in:
    • breakfast cereals
    • crunchy snack foods
    • condiments
  • Help children find low sodium substitutes for favorite foods.

When eating out, ask how foods are prepared. Request that children's food is made without added salt, soy sauce, or MSG (monosodium glutamate). Avoid fast food restaurants and high sodium foods such as smoked meats and fish, pickles, olives, and condiments.

Publication Review By: Jagdish Patel, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Published: 28 Feb 2007

Last Modified: 22 Sep 2015