Childrens Vitamin D – Why it’s important in Autumn and Winter
Vitamin D is known as the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’, and that’s because our bodies are able to produce it by the action of sunlight containing UVB radiation on certain chemicals within the skin.
Why is vitamin D for children important?
Vitamin D is important for children for the following:
- GROWTH – Vitamin D is needed for the normal growth and development of bone in children and plays a role in cell division.
- IMMUNE SYSTEM – Vitamin D contributes to the normal function of the immune system.
- TEETH – Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of normal teeth.
- MUSCLES – Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of normal muscle function.
So, growing children need vitamin D – it is important for kid’s health.
Sunshine in Ireland
Ireland is positioned approximately between 50º and 60º north of the Equator. The country typically experiences 1100 to 1600 hours of sunshine every year, with May and June as the months with the highest levels. Throughout these summer months, there is an average of 5 to 6.5 hours of sunshine every day across the nation. However, the least sunny month is December, with an average daily sunshine time that varies from just under an hour in the far north to almost two hours in the far southeast(1).
How can I ensure good levels of vitamin D for my child in autumn and winter?
As we can’t rely on the sun so that our children can make vitamin D, we can make sure that we include some vitamin D rich foods in their diets. Good sources include:
- Oily fish (mackerel, salmon, herring, sardines)
- Red meat
- Egg yolks
- Fortified cereals and milk
If you are looking for a children’s vitamin D supplement, Haliborange Calcium and Vitamin D Softies contain 100% of the Nutrient Reference Value (NRV)