Low Sodium Diet Basics
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Some children have medical conditions (for example, nephrogenic diabetes insipidus) that require them to follow a very low sodium diet.
The low sodium diet is prescribed by a physician and is one component of effective treatment for NDI. Along with protein restriction, sodium restriction minimizes the kidney's workload. Adequate water intake and diuretic therapy are also part of the treatment plan.
Some of the dietary restrictions can make it difficult to get enough vitamins and minerals. If your child is following a restricted diet, his or her intake should be monitored by a registered dietitian (RD), and vitamin and mineral supplements may be recommended.
This information is not intended to replace individualized medical care by professionals.
- Clinical experience, Biochemical Genetics Clinic, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
- Pennington JA. Bowes and Church's Food Values of Portions Commonly Used, 17th edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott. 1998.
- American Dietetic Association. Pediatric Manual of Clinical Dietetics. 1998.