Dietary protein recommendations for children

The World Health Organization has defined universal protein recommendations for children. National health authorities also provide recommendations for protein. Below your will find protein recommendations for children from national health authorities around the world.

Southeast Asia

  • Singapore
Age Weight (kg) Protein (g/day)
3 – < 6  months 7 16
6 – < 9 months 8.5 17
9 – < 12 months 9.5 18
1 – < 2 years 11 19
2 – < 3 years 13.5 22
3 – < 5 years 16.5 25
Boys
5 – < 7 years 20.5 30
7 – < 10 years 27 39
10 – < 12 years 35.5 49
12 – < 14 years 44 61
14 – < 16 years 55.5 74
16 – < 18 years 64 80
Girls
5 – < 7 years 20.5 30
7 – < 10 years 27 39
10 – < 12 years 36 51
12 – < 14 years 46.5 63
14 – < 16 years 52 66
16 – < 18 years 54 60

Source: Health Hub. Recommended Dietary Allowances. Accessed October 2020.

  • Vietnam
Age group Animal protein/total protein (%) Male Female
Protein (g/kg/day) Protein (g/day) Protein (g/kg/day) Protein (g/day)
0 – 5 months 100 1.86 11 1.86 11
6 – 8 months ≥ 70 2.22 18 2.22 18
9 – 11 months ≥ 70 2.22 20 2.22 20
1 – 2 years ≥ 60 1.63 20 1.63 19
3 – 5 years ≥ 60 1.55 25 1.55 25
6 – 7 years ≥ 50 1.43 33 1.43 32
8 – 9 years ≥ 50 1.43 40 1.43 40
10 – 11 years ≥ 35 1.43 50 1.39 48
12 – 14 years ≥ 35 1.37 65 1.30 60
15 – 19 years ≥ 35 1.25 74 1.17 63

Source: Ministry of Health Vietnam. National guidelines on nutrition for Vietnamese. 2016

  • Malaysia
Age (years) Protein (g/kg bodyweight/day)
0.5 1.31
1 1.14
1.5 1.03
2 0.97
3 0.90
4-6 0.87
7-10 0.92
11-14 0.90 (boy), 0.89 (girl)
15-18 0.87 (boy), 0.84 (girl)

Source: Ministry of Health Malaysia. Recommended nutrient intakes for Malaysia. 2017

  • Philippines
Age (years) Weight (kg) –
boys
Protein (g/day) – boys Weight (kg) –
girls
Protein (g/day) – girls
0 – 5 months 6.5 9 6.0 8
6 – 11 months 9.0 17 8.0 15
1 – 2 years 12.0 18 11.5 17
3 – 5 years 17.5 22 17.0 21
6 – 9 years 23.0 30 22.5 29
10 – 12 years 33.0 43 36.0 46
13 – 15 years 48.5 62 46.0 57
16 – 18 years 59.0 72 51.5 61

Source: Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology. Philippine Dietary reference intakes. 2018

  • Indonesia
Age Weight (kg) Protein (g)
0 – 6 months 6 12
7 – 11 months 9 18
1 – 3 years 13 26
4 – 6 years 19 35
7 – 9 years 27 49
Boys
10 – 12 years 34 56
13 – 15 years 46 72
16 – 18 years 56 66
Girls
10 – 12 years 36 60
13 – 15 years 46 69
16 – 18 years 50 59

Source: Ministry of Health Indonesia. Nutrition recommendations. 2019

  • China and Hong Kong
Age (years) Protein (g/day) – boys Protein (g/day) – girls
0.5 20 20
1 25 25
2 25 25
3 30 30
4 30 30
5 30 30
6 35 35
7 40 40
8 40 40
9 45 45
10 50 50
11 60 55
14 75 60
18 65 55

Source: China dietary reference intakes – protein. 2013

Europe

  • Netherlands
Age Protein (g/kg bodyweight/day)
0 – two months 1.8
3 months – 5 months 1.4
6 months – 11 months 1.2
1 – 3 years 0.9
4 – 8 years 0.9
9 – 13 years 0.9
14 – 18 years 0.8

Source: Eiwitten. Voedingscentrum. Accessed October 2020

  • United Kingdom
Age (years) Protein (g/day)
1-3 14.5
4-6 19.7
7-10 28.3
11-14 42.1 (boys), 41.2 (girls)
15-18 55.2 (boys), 45.0 (girls)

Source: Public Health England. Government Dietary Recommendations. 2016


Africa

  • Nigeria
Age Protein (g/day) – boys Protein (g/day) – girls
1-3 13 13
4-8 19 19
9-13 34 34
14-70 56 46

Source:  Institute of Medicine. Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids (2002/2005) and Dietary Reference Intakes for Water, Potassium, Sodium, Chloride, and Sulfate (2005).