Importance of Sunlight for babies

Father holding kid during sunrise

A proverb goes, ‘Morning shows the day’. Babies should wake up early in the morning to get Vitamin D everyday. Vitamin D is really important for babies’ health and it develops their immune system. The sun is the best source of Vitamin D. We want to mention that 90-95% of vitamin D comes from sunlight. So little babies and kids should be exposed to sunlight 10 minutes per day.

According to The Institute of Medicine (IOM), babies need at least 400 IU (international units) of vitamin D per day in the first year of life. Furthermore, kids older than 1 year require at least 600 IU of vitamin D each day. 

You should remember that 7 a.m to 9 a.m is the best time to get vitamin D from sunlight. Your baby’s total body, including chest and back, should be exposed to sunlight. Sun’s rays are more direct during 10 a.m to 3 p.m. So, this is not the ideal time to get sunlight. 

According to Dr. Michael f. Holick (Ph.D, MD, Professor at Boston University Research Center), ”We require healthy amount of unprotected sun exposure.”

Importance of Sunlight for Babies Info-graphic

We have given a diagram of vitamin D deficiencies of these countries in the following based on this research

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to serious illnesses:

  • Rickets
  • Daily aches and pains
  • Fatigue 
  • Preeclampsia
  • TB 
  • Influenza
  • Researchers at Trinity College Dublin claim that Vitamin D deficiency could be linked to a more severe case of COVID-19.

Apart from them, vitamin D also reduces the risk of requiring a cesarean section and developing breast cancer by almost 50%.

Vitamin D deficiency hampers children a lot. So, kids should be routinely exposed to sunlight every day.

Where can your kid get sunlight?

  • Balcony
  • Rooftop
  • Morning walk in the street
  • School Playground
  • Parks

Our son was born with jaundice. Our pediatrician advised us to bring him to sunlight, and it worked really well. Now our baby is 15-month-old. So, we prefer roof top for sunlight. We also go to parks on weekends. In the parks, we allow our baby to walk barefoot on grass. Walking barefoot on grass develops immune system of kids.

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