Does your child get enough sunshine? Sunlight can lighten our mood, especially for those who are affected by seasonal adjustment disorders. Exposure to sunlight can help heal some skin conditions, such as acne and psoriasis. It’s an old tried and true method for curing diaper rash, but sunscreen interferes with the body’s ability to synthesize vitamin D.
Vitamin D Deficiency in Children
Sunlight and Vitamin D
We get vitamin D from the sun. Our skin synthesizes it. Pretty cool, huh? We can’t overdose on this natural source of vitamin D, which is not the same when taking supplements. But now we wear sunscreen when we go outside, and most of us spend far too much time indoors for our own good.
Sunbathing May Be Good For Your Health
Years ago it was popular to sunbathe infants every day. Some doctors still recommend exposing the face, hands, arms, and legs to sunlight for fifteen to thirty minutes. New research suggests that moderate exposure to the sun daily can actually help prevent skin cancer! The key word is moderation. No more than half an hour a day of sunlight, before you slather on sun screen or move into the shade.
Positive Effects of Sunlight on the Skin