Five clever ways to reduce your child’s salt intake

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Family cooking in the kitchen. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
Family cooking in the kitchen. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

As adults, we know too much salt in our diets can be hazardous to our health, with ailments ranging from high blood pressure and stroke to hearth failure and kidney stones. But what does it do to the growing bodies of our children?

How does too much salt affect your child?

Too much salt can leave kids dehydrated, especially if they don’t drink enough water to make up for the high salt intake. During activities in the sun children may suffer from cramps, headaches, nausea and dizzy spells. Too much salt can also affect the digestive tract and stomach of a child leading to symptoms of nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps or diarrhoea. Young teens who eat too much salt can also develop hypertension.

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