Sunbathing For Baby: Things Mothers Need To Know
As many mothers know, vitamin D plays an important role in the baby’s development as it enhances the resistance of the baby to fight against harmful infectious diseases. However, the right sunbathing method to make the baby get vitamin D safely and rapidly is not easy work for all mothers.
When to start sunbathing
Only 10 days after birth, your baby can have a sunbathing. Sunbathing will help your baby itself synthesize vitamin D when the ultraviolet from the sun. In fact, 80% of vitamin D amount is synthesized by sunbathing; the rest comes from breast milk and nutrition diet.
Time for sunbathing
8:00 am to 9:00 am of summer days is the best time for your baby to have a sunbathing. Because in the time the atmosphere layer is thinner and there is less vapor evaporates than any other times of the day; so there are many ultraviolet beams. In cold weather, you can give sunbathing for your baby in the time from 9:00 to 10:00 am; however, the best time is from 15:00 to 17:00 pm as the morning is colder and your baby may catch a cold.
How to sunbath
Trial period: after 10 days of birth, you need to bring your baby into a shadow outside the house to make your baby get acquaintance with the outside atmosphere. Or else, you can out your baby near the window opened to get the UV. The time for sunbathing in the period can be raised from 10, 20 to 30 minutes in the next days. However, the period is only applied for summer.
Sunbathing: from the 14th day of the trial period, you can bring your baby to the sunlight with feet, ankles, front and back side of the back opened to get sunbathing in 5 minutes. The next day, you can fold the jumpsuit up to the knee of your baby and sunbathing in 15 minutes is adequate. After 15 days of sunbathing, you can stop for your baby to rest for about 10 days then the sunbathing period can be continued.
Also, when sunbath your baby, you do not have to put all the clothes of your baby off. You only fold the clothes up in the part of the body you want to sunbathe. For example, if you want sunbath the back of your baby, you need to fold the pull up to let the UV go straight into the back of your baby. Furthermore, putting all the clothes off may make your baby easy to get cold.
After sunbathing, you should use a soft towel to absorb the sweat of your baby and let it drink a little water. Also, you should put more clothes on your baby as the sunlight make the pores on your baby’s skin widen and it will catch a cold when turning inside the house.
Sunbathing in winter
In the winter, your baby can continue to be sunbathing. However, the cold climate will make your baby easy to catch a cold; therefore, you need to warm up the soles, palms, the neck of your baby. The parts to get sunbath are: laps, arms, stomach, and back.
Not to let the sunlight go directly to head, the face of your baby because the UV can do harm for your baby’s eyes and brain development.
When your baby is getting acute illnesses, endocrine diseases, you must use Quinolone antibiotics and do not sunbath for your baby.
Sunbathing in a dry, clean, quiet and spacious to get more sunlight; do not sunbath in windy places and if you want to sunbath your baby in the house, you need to open one side of the window to the sun path.