Why Is It Important For Kids To Get Adequate Sun Exposure?

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Kids need Vitamin D to help their developing bodies. Vitamin D can help the body absorb calcium and other necessary minerals. It improves production of feel-good brain chemicals like serotonin. It helps cell growth, decreases inflammation and aids the immune system.

Lack of Vitamin D in children may contribute to higher blood pressure and lower levels of good cholesterol. Serious deficiency of Vitamin D may cause the bone warping disease known as rickets.

Lack of Vitamin D may be a contributing factor in kids developing autism and ADHD.

The best and safest way for your child to get Vitamin D is through exposure to sunlight each day. Let the child absorb sunlight without sunscreen for about 15 minutes daily unless he has very sensitive skin and any exposure to sun without protection will cause burning. After approximately 15 minutes on a sunny day you probably want to put sunscreen on most children playing outdoors.

You cannot get too much Vitamin D from the sun. However, you can get too much Vitamin D if you are taking supplements so you need to be careful about taking these supplements.

You can get milk and orange juice which is fortified with Vitamin D these and may be beneficial for your child.

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Exposure to the sun helps regulate the child‘s circadian rhythms which is the sleep/wake cycle. Young kids should get 9 hours or more of sleep each night.

Today kids spend an enormous amount of time indoors and alone staring at some type of screen. They are either watching TV, playing video games or searching the web on the computer. Its important to get these kids out of the house for a period of time and away from sitting in front of a screen .

Unless it is raining or there is a terrific snowstorm kids should get outside for a short time in winter as well as in summer.

In addition to absorbing necessary Vitamin D kids get other benefits from spending time outdoors.

They get exposure to other kids and learn to interact with each other instead of sitting along in a room with a screen.

They get to use their imagination to play games while they are getting some exercise.

They get some exposure to things like dirt, pests and animals and this exposure to something that is not sterile helps build a kid’s immune system. The “hot house” kid who is never exposed to anything unsanitary is more prone to pick up every cold, etc. that comes along.

Aim for your child to get some exposure to the outdoors and natural Vitamin D from sunlight as often as possible. If is good for the health and well being of the child.