How much sugar and salt should my baby have? (6 to 12 months) 

Health visitor Odilia Gamor explains how much sugar and salt you should give your baby.

Find out more about foods to avoid feeding your baby.

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How much sugar and salt should my baby have?   Odilia: “When your baby is going to start family foods, I would advise that you avoid giving your baby sugar, because it causes tooth decay. Avoid giving your baby any salt, because it affects the kidneys. If the baby is breastfeeding, there is a lot of sugar in breast milk. If the baby is bottle-feeding, there is sugar in the bottle milk.   All the fruit that you give to the baby has got natural sugar in it and there's no need for it to be sweetened. Babies are very sensitive to salt. The upper limit for a baby to have salt in their diet is 1g, which is about 0.4g of sodium. Please look at the packaging. Check how much salt is in there before you actually buy the food for your baby. I would advise parents to cook natural foods.   When cooking for your baby, always remember not to use any gravy, not to use any stock cubes, because these foods have got large amounts of salt in them.”    


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Aidan James said on 29 April 2013

Who is this targeted at? Surely the only people who will see this video are people who are trying to find out the nhs rda for sugar/salt. Only the figure for salt is given! I resent the 2 mins i spent watching it (not to mention the 5 mins I've spent ranting about it here). Cluttering up the nhs site with nonsense like this up makes useful information more difficult to find.

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