What if my child is lacking Vitamin D?
Vitamin D comes from the sunshine and is important for the healthy development of the child. Yet due to the Coronavirus outbreak and varying degrees of self-isolation, children are less exposed to the sun.
If you can, go out for short intervals.
Generally speaking, it is best to spend some time outdoors in the sunshine (e.g. your garden or balcony or a short walk based on HSE guidelines) at least two to three times a week, allowing sunlight on the face, arms and hands of your little one for 5 to 15 minutes.
Open the windows.
During your time indoors, open the curtains and windows to allow sunlight to flood your house and let the lights and fresh air in. Be aware that Vitamin D is made in the skin by the UV-B light. This light does not travel through glass,but requires direct exposure.
Feed your child with Vitamin D rich food
You can feed them foods naturally rich in Vitamin D, such as salmon, sardines, tuna, eggs etc. In addition look for foods fortified with Vitamin D, like some dairy products, soy, cereals and Follow On Milks from 6 months or Growing Up Milks from 1 year. Daily supplementation with Vitamin D is generally recommended. If you’re concerned your child is not getting enough Vitamin D speak to your doctor or a healthcare professional.