Too much sodium? (8 months)

My daughter loves canned vegetable and chicken soups which have about 110 mg of sodium in a 4 oz serving. She is 8 months old. Is this too much sodium?

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Hello,

Sodium is a very important mineral in the diet of an infant. According to the National Resource Council in their 10 editions of "Recommended Dietary Allowances" the sodium requirement is highest in infants and children due to their rapidly expanding extracellular fluid volume. The value of 23 mg kilogram (2.2lbs) is considered adequate for the healthy young child. Human milk or formula provides satisfactory amounts of sodium for the growing infant, although it is on the low side. Babies can adapt to low sodium levels by retaining more of it. The minimum requirement for a one year old is 225 mg. while the range considered to be safe and adequate for the one to three year old is 325 to 975mg. per day.

You can calculate for yourself if your daughter is getting more than she should by multiplying the number of servings of soup/vegetables she eats by the amount of sodium in them and adding that to the other sodium she is getting throughout the day.

FYI one teaspoon of salt has 2300mg. sodium so you will want to take it easy with the salt shaker!!

Thank you for writing.

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