Taking care of newborn babies is not a simple task for many new mothers. Alongside with breastfeeding, sleeping, bathing, you should not forget to sunbathe your newborn properly. Sunbathing has been believed to benefit your baby in several ways if you do it properly. However, have you ever wonder what exactly are the benefits of sunbathing for your baby? If you had, here we have the answer to that question. Let’s guide you to the benefits of sunbathing for your baby, the proper ways to do it, and things to keep in mind when sunbathing your baby.
The Benefits of Sunbathing For Your Children
Sunlight is the natural supplement of vitamin D for your baby. This is the biggest benefit your baby will get by sunbathing. Everyone including adults and babies needs vitamin D. Vitamin D is the keys essential for our body to absorb calcium, which in turn strengthens bones and teeth. In addition, vitamin D stimulates your baby’s blood cell regenerations, thereby strengthening their immune system. As the immune system works efficiently, your baby will be protected from several diseases especially rickets. To create Vitamin D, the baby’s body requires a minimum of 15 minutes of UV rays every day.
Along with vitamin D supplements, sunlight will stimulate the production of serotonin when babies receive it in the necessary quantity. Serotonin, also known as the ‘happy hormone’, will boost the feeling of happiness and security. Serotonin regulates sleep and digestion in babies.
When Can You Start Sunbathing Your Baby
Despite the many benefits, sunbathing a baby should be done carefully. Excessive sun exposure to your little one may increase the risk of skin cancer at a later time. This is the reason why protection to sunlight is very important for your little one. The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a guideline that babies 0 to 6 months old should not be exposed to sunlight directly.
How to Properly Sunbathe Your Baby
Experts showed that exposing babies regularly to sunlight will give them sufficient vitamin D levels to keep them healthy. By the time your baby reaches 6 weeks of age, you can start sunbathing your baby. Just for around 30 minutes a week can give them adequate vitamin D levels to aid in his optimal growth and development. Research also suggests that exposing 40% of the baby’s body to sunlight is enough for it to work. It is recommended that babies are sunbathed in clothes. About 30 minutes prior sunbathing, rub the babies’ skin with sunblock of SPF 15 in minimum. Avoid sunlight exposure between 10 am to 4 pm due to its highest radiation of UVB rays. If your family has a history of skin cancer, or your baby has fair-skinned and has freckles/brown spots on the face, sunbathing should be done more carefully. And remember this simple rule of thumb: The larger the surface area of the body exposed, the better it is for your baby.
Things To Keep in Mind When Sunbathing Your Child
Pay attention to Change Your Baby Clothes
When taking children out to the sun, you should not let your child wear too many clothes. While sunbathing, their body may heat up and thick clothes can make children feel uncomfortable. When your baby finished sunbathing, you can until the child is finished sunbathing, you can use a towel to wipe away sweat and then put on more clothes for children to avoid getting cold
Don’t Let Your Child Face The Sunlight Directly
When sunbathing children, generally adults should not let the sunshine directly on the baby. It is best for children to catch the sun in a thin layer of clothing. Especially avoid the sun directly to the baby’s eyes because it can cause eye damage, affecting the visual development of children later.
Keep Your Baby Hydrated
Although there is not much physical activity during sunbathing, it still makes children sweat and losing a certain amount of water. Therefore, after finishing sunbathing, you should promptly give your baby water to drink properly.
Keep An Eye on Your Baby after Sunbathing
If after sunbathing, your baby has symptoms such as redness of the skin and rapid pulse, you should give your children a little diluted salt water, or use a warm towel to wipe their body child. If these symptoms do not go away after a short time, take your children to the doctors immediately.
There you go, now you have our guide for sunbathing your baby. Do you have any tips for a baby sunbathe? Please share them with us in the comments!