Should New Born Babies Be In the Sun Everyday?

Drying the baby in the morning has become a tradition carried out by parents in Indonesia. Usually, newborn babies will be dried in direct sunlight without wearing clothes. The question is, do newborns need to be dried in the sun every day?

Some parents consider that drying their babies every day, especially newborn babies, is an obligation. One reason is because they believe that this habit can help prevent jaundice.

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Should New Born Babies Be In the Sun Everyday?

Newborns do not have to be in the sun every day

In fact, drying babies has nothing to do with lowering the risk of yellow newborns, Bun. However, the recommendation to dry babies in the morning is still there, because the sun before 10:00 o'clock contains ultraviolet or UV rays, which when absorbed by the skin will produce vitamin D.

Vitamin D has a very important role for the health of babies, which helps the body use calcium to build and maintain strong bones and teeth. In addition, this vitamin also maintains the health of the baby's muscles and builds a strong immune system.

If you are deficient in vitamin D, your baby will be at risk of developing bone abnormalities or rickets. Several studies have also found a link between vitamin D deficiency in infancy and an increased incidence of eczema or allergies.

Since the human body cannot produce vitamin D on its own and breast milk alone is not sufficient to meet a baby's vitamin D needs, morning sunlight is a practical and inexpensive solution for babies to get vitamin D.

Even so, that doesn't mean your little one has to be dried in the sun every day, huh, Bun. Too much exposure to UV rays can also increase the risk of skin damage and even skin cancer later in life. In addition, Moms also still have to pay attention to safe sunbathing methods for your little one.

Safe Sunbathing Methods for Newborns

As mentioned above, the ideal sunbathing time is before 10 a.m. However, if you don't have time to dry your little one at this time, you are advised to wait until after 16.00. At that time, the sun's UV rays are lower, so there is no more risk of causing skin damage.

The length of time for drying babies is differentiated depending on the color of their skin. White babies are recommended to dry in the sun for 30 minutes per week, while babies with medium or darker skin are recommended to dry in the sun for 3-5 hours per week.

Remember, Bun, this duration is the total length of time the baby is left in the sun in 1 week. So, it doesn't mean that every morning you have to dry your little one.

In addition, because newborn babies' skin is very sensitive, they should not be exposed to direct sunlight, especially when naked. Some rules that must be done when drying your little one include:

  • Drying it in a state of wearing clothes.
  • Use sunscreen SPF 15 on exposed areas only.
  • Don't leave it in the sun for too long.
  • Try to keep your little one wearing a hat or head protector.

Based on the information above, drying babies is not prohibited. As long as it is done carefully and applies the rules, sun exposure will not harm and burn the baby's skin, really.

If the mother or father's family has a history of skin cancer or if you are still unsure about whether or not your little one should be dried in the sun, you should first consult with your doctor to find out the need for sun exposure for your little one.

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