Posted by: TKN | 2009/01/15



Hi Dr. Before i ask a question i would just like to say thanks for all the advise you give us mommies. Its great to know someone is giving up their time to help us out.

My LO is 21 months old and refuses to drink plain water or rooisbos. I do give her diluted fruit juices but have heard the sodium levels are too high in fruit juice and therefor should not give it to my child.
1. What is the max sodium level she can receive daily?
2. What can i give her to drink that is healthy ?

Expert's Reply



Thank you for your kind words.The recommended daily intake of sodium per day for a toddler of your daughter's age is 2 GRAMS per day. Fruit juices do contain sodium, roughly 6 MILLIGRAMS per 100ml. So it is not really the sodium in fruit juices which is concern but the acidity of fruit juices [effects on teeth] and the high natural sugar [fructose] content.If she had diluted fruit juice to drink maximum twice a day this should not cause any problems.

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