The pandemic led kids stay full day home, which included digital-education, smart working, limitation of outdoors and no physical activity. The interruption of the daily routine caused by it resulted in boredom, which in turn is associated with a greater energy intake. Especially overeating packaged foods which are high in sodium.
It is crucial to limit the sodium intake for kids as this will help prevent future health conditions
The salt we consume consists of 40% sodium and 60% chlorine which is essential for keeping the body healthy and working. Sodium helps balance electrolytes, maintain blood pressure, enhance muscle function and send messages along the nerves. It also regulates the water balance in the body, and helps absorb other nutrients in the small intestine.
However, the recommended intake per day for children is as follows

Unhealthy eating patterns and excessive consumption of street grub, junk food, processed articles like papad, pickles, bread & bakery items; maida products such as instant noodles & pasta; frequently cause the salt intake to exceed the prescribed limit.
This harm child’s health in the long run – leading to hypertension, frequent headaches, poor focus and concentration, weak memory and hormonal imbalance. In some cases, multiple issues may also result in juvenile diabetes.
Here are a few harmful effects of excess salt intake in children:

Water retention: Puffiness of the face, swelling of the feet, and pain in legs and calves are all related to heaviness caused by water retention due to excess salt. Many parents mistake such swelling for muscles generated through physical activity.

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