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Salt Intake for a 1.5 Year Old

08/30/2011

Question:

My daughter is 1.5 years old. She eats very well - only fresh fruits, veggies and meat - i.e. nothing prepared or processed. She drinks anywhere from 30 to 90 oz of water at night. Recent blood and urine tests show all organs working perfectly, her nutrition balance is `perfect`. Is it safe to start introducing salt to her diet to help her retain water and wake-up less often?

Thank you

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness. I am unsure why your 18-month-old is drinking any water at night. It definitely is not necessary, possibly a habit formed over time. In addition, there is no need to introduce salt into an 18-month-old's diet. The only salt she should get is from her seasoned regular diet.

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Response by:

Sarah Sauntry, RN, MS, CPNP-PC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati