Why are UV rays crucial for a child's development?
UV radiation stimulates the growth of Vitamin D in the body, and so, moderate exposure to UV rays via early morning sunlight is advised by doctors for adults and children alike.
What is the best way to get this sunlight?
It is best to time this exposure in the early morning sun when the rays are not so harsh, and for only about 10 to 15 minutes. In areas closer to the equator, and that have longer days and higher levels of radiation, just 5 to 10 minutes may also suffice.
How do UV rays assist in development of a child?
As mentioned above, UV rays aid development of Vitamin D. Vitamin D plays a crucial role in absorption of calcium and phosphorus into the body. This, in turn, acts as a catalyst in the process of skeletal development, the immune system and blood cell formation. Exposure to the early-morning sun is also recommended for infants born with pre-natal jaundice.