Why do children need more Vitamin D?

Vitamin D helps in the absorption of calcium. Calcium is one of the most important nutrients needed by growing children. Vitamin D helps in bone growth and development. In fact, about 40% to 60% of adult bone mass is formed during teenage years. Severe Vitamin D deficiency can lead to rickets, delayed motor development, muscle weakness, aches and pains, and fractures.

How do I get to know that my child is Vitamin D deficient?

The symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency are subtle. If your child has frequent bone pain, muscle weakness, and is not growing appropriately, he/she might be suffering from Vitamin D deficiency.

How can my child get more Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is found in egg yolk, fish liver oils, butter, fish like mackerel and salmon and fortified foods like milk and oil. That said, one of the best (and free) source for Vitamin D is sunlight!

How can I include Vitamin D in my child’s diet?

There are many brands now available in the market that fortify their milk with Vitamins D and A. You can include fortified foods in your child’s diet to make sure she/he gets all the nutrients. Give your child the +F edge and choose fortified products for your child. These can be easily identified by the blue coloured +F logo on the pack.

What are the brands in the market that have fortified milk products?

Milk Brands like Kwality Ltd., Mother Dairy, Nestlé A+, Britannia, Creamline Dairy Milk, Paras Milk, Parag, Medha (Jharkhand), Verka (Punjab), Saras (Rajasthan), Sanchi (Madhya Pradesh) and Purabi (Assam) fortify their products with Vitamins D and A.

Can I give my child Vitamin D supplements instead?

Exposure to sunlight and consumption of foods fortified with Vitamin D help increase Vitamin D levels in your child’s body. While supplements can be an option, you should discuss dosage with your doctor before giving any supplement to your child.

My child often faints during the morning assembly. How will she stand in the bright sun for so long?

This could be due to the fact that she is either skipping breakfast or not drinking enough water. Make sure she eats a nutritious breakfast every day. And that’s the beauty of Noon Assembly– because it happens around noon/after the recess break, every child will be full of energy to stand out in the sun.

Will ‘Noon Assembly’ take place in summers as well?

Our body needs Vitamin D throughout the year. But considering the high temperatures in summer, children should drink lots of water or other beverages like coconut water, chachh, fortified milk etc. before starting their Noon Assembly. Drinking adequate water will help avoid the possibilities of dehydration.

Is 20 minutes of sunlight exposure enough to increase the Vitamin D level?

According to scientific research, the best time to get sunlight exposure is between 11am to 1pm as it promotes 5 times more Vitamin D production in the skin than in the morning hours. That is why, we should make sure to get sunlight exposure for 20 minutes every day during this time.

Should my child wear sunscreen during the Noon Assembly?

The use of sunscreen can lower the absorption of Vitamin D levels in your child’s body. To make sure that your child gets the maximum benefit from the Noon Assembly, he/she should not be wearing any sunscreen or headwear like caps or scarfs.

What if my child gets sunburned? Is there a risk of skin cancer?

Sunlight exposure is important for the creation of Vitamin D in our body. Inform your child about the importance of Vitamin D and why he/she should join the ‘Noon Assembly’. Due to high melanin content in our skins, Indians are fortunately not prone to skin cancer from sunburn. And therefore, there is nothing to worry about the skin cancer. However, you should expose your child to sunlight during 11am to 1pm.

How can I ask my child’s school to be a part of the ‘Noon Assembly’?

Great! Just click here [application form] and be a part of the Noon Assembly family.