Sodium Deficiency (hyponatremia); Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

How much sodium per day?

Daily recommendations of sodium differ according to age, sex, daily activity, the person’s status of health, metabolic, and medical conditions. But, the recommended sodium amount according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Recommended daily sodium intake:

  • From birth to 6 months: 120 mg
  • Infants from 7 to 12 months: 370 mg
  • Children from 1 to 3 years: 1000 mg
  • Children from 4 to 8 years: 1200 mg
  • Children from 9 to 13 years: 1500 mg
  • Teen from 14 to 18 years: 1500 mg
  • Adults from 19 to 50 years: 1500 mg
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding teens and women from 19 to 50: 1500 mg
  • Seniors from 51 to 70 years: 1300 mg
  • Seniors from 71 years and older: 1200 mg

People at risk of sodium deficiency may need more than the daily sodium recommendation.

Sodium Deficiency