Sunbathing And Intake Of Vitamin D For Infants

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, Is it true that babies can be dried in the morning around 07:00 – 08:00? Doesn’t that clock produce UVA which is not good for the skin? And is it really so as not to get jaundice? Or is it enough for the mother to consume vitamin D to replace the benefits of sunlight (sun) .. And the benefits of vitamin D can be digested by the baby through his mother’s milk? thanks.

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Basically, sunning a baby is not currently recommended because baby's skin which is still very sensitive is far more flammable due to UV radiation from the sun and exposure to UV light also increases the risk of skin cancer. Many studies have also shown that the risk of skin cancer is higher in infants whose skin is often sunburned.


Yellow in infants there are only physiological (normal) there are also abnormal. Normal yellow in babies will usually appear between 3-5 days after birth and will disappear by itself after 7-10 days. Yellow is physiological in the baby will disappear by itself with or without drying the baby. The more important thing to note is that you have to give enough milk to your baby because giving enough milk (or formula) will help reduce the physiological yolk of the baby. Yellow that is not normal will not be lost even if the baby is dried as often as possible. If the baby's bilirubin is high, the baby should receive light therapy (phototherapy) to increase the disposal of bilirubin (because sun exposure alone will not be enough and will not be effective to cope with high bilirubin). If bilirubin is very high, the baby should receive further treatment with IVIg or exchange transfusion.


Sunlight is indeed important for the production of vitamin D in infants. But once again, it is important to consider the benefits and risks of drying the baby in the sun. Vitamin D cannot be obtained through breast milk, so infants who are breastfed alone will be advised to be given vitamin D supplementation in the form of drops to meet their vitamin D needs. If the baby gets formula milk, formula milk is usually fortified with vitamin D, so the baby does not need to get additional vitamin D supplementation. Mothers who consume vitamin D supplementation also still will not enrich vitamin D in their milk, so babies will still be advised to get vitamin D supplementation themselves. Breastfed babies are recommended to get vitamin D supplementation of 400 IU per day.

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