Are small amounts of salt detrimental at this age?
My son is 9 months old. While preparing meals for him i do not include any salt or sugar. However, occasionally he may reach for something that his 2 year old brother is eating. Are small amounts of salt detrimental at this age? He has cheese and ham, both of which have salt in them too.
That`s good that you don`t add any nasties to baby`s foods, yes sodium is hard work on little kidney`s that are still developing. High sodium also hampers calcium, which of course is important for growing bones.
Recommendations are that babies diets reflect children`s diets and so opting not to use salt and opting for products with sodium of 120mg per 100 grams (though baby food is produced with no more than 100 mg per 100g). This is a good guide, you will see that ham breaks this rule, so be sparring if you offer such foods. The other thing to do is to ensure no two high salt foods are offered in the same meal or day?
So if you are mindful of these levels for all kids foods then if they nibble each others foods, it should be fine!
Hope that helps
All the best,
15 Apr 2009