November birthday – lucky old bones!

Cara Cunningham, MINDI, Community Dietitian

November’s child has lucky bones! Or so the Caroline Walker trust has pointed out – this is all down to the vitamin D status, of babies born this month. One of the main sources of vitamin D is sunlight. Therefore children born in November benefit as their mother accumulate extra vitamin D during the summer months of July and August, which are in general the sunniest months of the year this coincidentally is just the right time in their baby’s development to ensure the maximum benefit.

So how can we make sure our bodies get enough vitamin D, especially in these dark November days? Good dietary sources of vitamin D include fortified milks, oily fish, margarines, eggs and other fortified foods (check the labels ). The Department of Health and Children recommend that all children for birth to 1 years should take a supplement of vitamin D, even if they are lucky enough to be born in November!

For more information or for more information on diet and nutrition, please contact:

The Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service, HSE CHO Midlands; Tel: (044 ) 9395518 or email [email protected]

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