Did you know that sunbathing in babies is fundamental to the development of the immune system and bone? It helps to decrease bilirubin in the blood, a substance that causes neonatal jaundice – a common disease among newborns, which leaves the skin of the little ones in a yellow-orange tone.
This scenario can frighten many first-time moms and dads, but with simple measures, the baby will regain its normal colour in a few days. Sunbathing can help, but some care must be taken to ensure he’s exposed properly, without damaging his sensitive skin.
The benefits of vitamin D and sunbathing in babies
From the mother’s belly, the baby already receives vitamin D in the inactive form, through the placenta and, when born, through breastfeeding. Even so, only by exposure to the sun that it will be activated in the body.
What’s more, this fun routine between mum and baby provides well-being, relaxation and lots of outdoor discoveries! The sun is very important for everyone, but for the newborn baby it has the advantages of
- Assist in healthy bone and tooth growth;
- Decrease bilirubin, a substance that causes jaundice;
- Increase immunity and combat colds, flu and autoimmune diseases;
- Decrease the predisposition to depression;
- Assist in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and cancer during life;
- Increase renin production, which prevents diabetes;
- To help cognitive development by having a healthy brain.
At what age should the baby sunbathe?
Sunbathing in babies is usually free for babies from the first or second week of life. As the topic divides opinions, it is best for the family to consult a pediatrician so that he can evaluate the health conditions of the child.
If there is no medical restriction, the little ones can already start sunbathing, as long as the responsible person follows some recommendations at that time.
How to sunbathe babies properly?
In order for the baby to receive the correct amount of vitamin D in the sun before six months, without running the risk of getting burned or developing skin cancer in the future, some care must be taken. Check out our tips:
Time and duration
Sunbathing should always be done before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., less sunny hours, lasting from 5 to 10 minutes (more than enough!).
Clothes and accessories
Dress the baby in light clothing, leaving as many body parts as possible exposed for best absorption. Only protect the face with a hat, as the eyes may suffer from sensitivity.
Clarity can also bother the baby, who may have difficulty opening his eyes and seeing. The procedure can be daily, even on sunny days. On the hottest days, the child may be left with only the nappy.
Protectors are not indicated for children under six months as they have very sensitive skin and can cause allergies. As the exposure time will be very short, there is no need to worry about burns.
Baby sunbathing can be done outdoors or through a window, so that the rays reach the skin without glass interference, for example.
Move the baby from position
Don’t forget your back, for example. Control and divide the time by changing the newborn’s position so that he gets sun on every part of his body.
Sun is also important for moms
If you are on maternity leave, take advantage of this time to sunbathe with your love, because as an infant, it is also essential to stimulate vitamin D in the body to stay strong and healthy.
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