[Salt intake in children]

Arch Pediatr. 2014 May;21(5):521-8. doi: 10.1016/j.arcped.2014.02.007. Epub 2014 Mar 28.
[Article in French]


Very early in life, sodium intake correlates with blood pressure level. This warrants limiting the consumption of sodium by children. However, evidence regarding exact sodium requirements in that age range is lacking. This article focuses on the desirable sodium intake according to age as suggested by various groups of experts, on the levels of sodium intake recorded in consumption surveys, and on the public health strategies implemented to reduce salt consumption in the pediatric population. Practical recommendations are given by the Committee on nutrition of the French Society of Pediatrics in order to limit salt intake in children.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Female
  • France
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / etiology*
  • Hypertension / prevention & control*
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Nutrition Surveys
  • Nutritional Requirements*
  • Reference Values
  • Sodium Chloride, Dietary / administration & dosage*
  • Sodium Chloride, Dietary / adverse effects*
  • Statistics as Topic


  • Sodium Chloride, Dietary