Newborn babies are not recommended to face the direct sunlight as their skin has a very thin layer of protection, extremely sensitive that can burn easily. Direct sunlights contains high UV level though in a small number of UV rays it is safe. Anything excessive can be harmful. The more sun exposure to infants can lead to greater skin cancer risk in their later life. Upto three-year toddlers are supposed to avoid direct harsh sunlight. A small amount of direct UV exposure is considered safe and healthy for infants. However, if spending long periods of time outdoors during low UV periods.
Until the age of 3 toddlers, the skin defence system is not well developed. By following a few simple steps, parents can maintain the charm of the baby’s skin and help in developing their natural defence system against serious sun damage.
Is Direct Sunlight helpful in fighting with Jaundice and Nappy Rash?
Medical issues Exposing babies to direct sun is not recommended to treat jaundice or nappy rash. Direct sun exposure to the baby can put them at high risk of skin damage. Jaundice causes concern in approx 50% of babies. Jaundice must be treated under medical supervision in a guided environment. Sunlight is always helpful for the growth and development of the baby and vitamins D help to boost the immunity of the newborn babies. Approximately 10-15 minute low UV rays exposure is advisable. For skin affected by nappy rash, frequent nappy changing is advisable, applying nappy rash creams to the affected areas and exposing the affected area to the open air – but direct contact is always restricted.
Benefits of enjoying the sunlight
Our outer skin having ergosterol which gets converted into Vitamin D by using Sun rays. Vitamin D is a hormone that controls and regulates calcium levels in the blood. Required for the maintenance of Bones and teeth. Babies get their initial store of vitamin D from their mothers, so they are a major risk if their mother having a lower rate of availability of Vitamin D.
Baby consumes milk as their food, which is beneficial in an actual way when it makes a bond with Vitamin Called complimentary food. Baby will not get benefited until the baby is going to have Vitamin D. Few foods are inter-related and work in a better way if combines. Minimum 10 minute Sun exposure required.
How Technology is Helpful?
There are few Apps like Sunsmart App indicates you sun protection times for your location and provides current UV positions. Parents and care providers are curious to access the daily sun protection times. Sun protection times can also be found at the Bureau of Meteorology website and live UV positions are also available from ARPANSA.
Go for a small amount of direct UV exposure which is considered safe and healthy for infants.