Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit

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Section X:  Additional Toolkit Topics: Smoking, Sunscreen Use, and Breastfeeding

Lack of Sun Exposure - Vitamin D Deficiency

 

There are also risks of too little sun.

 

Exposure to the sun helps our bodies make vitamin D and lack of exposure to the sun can cause a vitamin D deficiency. Among children, vitamin D deficiency is a common cause of rickets. Individuals with limited sun exposure need to include good sources of vitamin D in their diet (egg yolks, cow milk, fortified breakfast cereals, infant formulas, and orange juice; fatty fish like sardines, mackerel, salmon, and herring; shrimp; and chicken liver).