The Importance Of Vitamin D
Your baby is constantly growing, both physically and cognitively. That’s why today we’d like to share with you the importance of Vitamin D when it comes to your child’s health.
Vitamin D is essential to good heath and the integral development of your child.
Vitamin D is very useful, as it helps the body absorb various important minerals, including calcium. It also helps stregnthen teeth and bones.
Vitamin D acts as a hormone and has many different functions. It helps maintain the proper functioning of blood vessels and the brain.
This provitamin is also an excellent factor when it comes to heart health, the immune system and the respiratory system.
It is important to keep in mind that the human body is capable of producing its own vitamin D naturally. This happens as long as we are in frequent and sensible contact with the sun and the outdoors.
Why is it important to consume vitamin D under medical supervision?
This provitamin plays an essential role in the protection and overall functioning of the nervous system and bone structures of the body.
The amount of vitamin D to ingest is specific. Its concentration is different depending on its source. It can be found both artificially or naturally in food.
That is why you should take your pediatrician’s recommendations into account before administering it. There are some important factors related to Vitamin D that can deteriorate your child’s quality of life:
- Vitamin D deficiency can cause diarrhea as well as kidney and liver diseases.
- It can also decrease bone mineralization and thus causes fragility in bones
- Rickets in children
- Skin cancer, and this can be caused by excess exposure of your child’s skin to the sun.
Foods that are a source of vitamin D
There are several delicious foods in which provitamins can be found. Some examples are:
- Orange juice
- Eggs (yolk)
Your baby will feel great after consuming each and every one of these nutritious foods!
The concentration of vitamin D varies depending on the food. Depending on the age of your child you should increase or decrease portions.
Details on the topic
Surely you’ve asked yourself more than once what vitamins really are. The answer is that they are minerals or substances found in foods that allow the development of your body.
All vitamins carry out specific tasks, such as:
- Vitamin D in milk helps develop teeth and bones. This element is also present in cereals, fish, liver and eggs. That is why these foods should not be lacking in our little one’s diet.
- Milk, liver, oranges and dark leafed vegetables are good sources of vitamin A. Carrots in particular have the ability to significantly improve night vision.
- Vitamin C helps when it comes to the healing process. It is found in citrus fruits, red peppers, broccoli and kiwi.
- In order to produce energy, vitamin B is necessary. Meats, eggs, seafood and whole grains are all excellent options in order to ensure the doses needed for your children.
Nature is a great provider of benefits for the human body. Sunlight plays an important role in providing benefits. That is why doctors recommend that we expose our newborns to the sun for about 20 to 30 minutes.
It is recommended that babies get exposed to the sun from 7:00am – 10:00am and 4:00am – 6:00pm.
The amount of time that we expose them to sunlight should depend on every child in particular.
Babies under 6 months old should not be exposed to sunlight directly because this can harm their delicate skin. At this age babies still receive all the necessary vitamin D through breast milk.
Both children and adults can suffer from vitamin D deficiencies, in order to avoid that, a healthy diet is key.
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- Kahwati LC., Palmieri Weber R., Pan H., Gourlay M., et al., Vitamin D, calcium, or combined supplementation for the adults: evidence report and systematic review for the US preventive services task force. JAMA, 2018. 319 (15): 1600-1612.