15 Minute Exposure to Sun is Important for Your Little One

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  January 24, 2011 at 2:29 PM Child Health News
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Several Indian infants are at risk of bone deformities, seizures and poor growth because of no exposure to sunshine. So doctors have recommended daily 15 minute exposure to the sun from 10 am to 3 pm.
 15 Minute Exposure to Sun is Important for Your Little One
15 Minute Exposure to Sun is Important for Your Little One

This study was conducted by pediatricians from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) who studied the significance of vitamin D prevalence among newborns and their mother. The study has revealed the prevalence of acute vitamin D deficiencies in exclusively breast fed babies. This shortage was even greater among their mothers. Therefore under the National Health programs the Government should implement vitamin D supplementation for all pregnant and lactating women as is recommended by the American and European Academies of Pediatrics.

Assistant professor of pediatrics, AIIMS and lead author of the study Dr. Vandana Jain said, "Vitamin D deficiency among infants and mothers in both summers and winters can be attributed to decreased cutaneous synthesis of Vitamin D due to higher skin pigmentation in India. But the primary reason appears to be less exposure to the sun, lack of participation in outdoor activities and excessive use of sunscreens by women, who block UV rays essential for the skin to synthesize Vitamin D."

Source: Medindia

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Why little one alone ? Exposure to the Sun is necessary for all of us irrespective of one's age.How lucky are those who are staying in a country where you get exposure to the son all the 365 days of the year!Take advantage of the situation and get all the health benefits free of cost round the year.This has to be taught to all the children in the school so that the future generation of the country is sound in health,both physical and mental.Let the government publicise this fact thru all the media for the benifit of all the citizens of our nation.

I would like to make a correction here. It is not safe to expose babies to direct sunlight during 10 am to 3 pm. Sun rays during this time is too harsh and may scald the babies' skin. A good time to give your baby a sunbath is before 10 am and after 4 pm, when the rays are mild

This problem is not there in the rural settings or in houses with a backyard. Only parents living in urban apartments fail to expose their children adequate to the sunrays. With a little personal attention and care parents can remidy it and avoid the bad effects of non exposure without much expense.

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