Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Summer babies 'taller and stronger' than other children

  • Comment
Babies born in the summer are taller and stronger-boned than other children because their mothers benefit from the sun's vitamin D-boosting rays

According to a childhood study, which looked at the amount of sun exposure of mothers of 7,000 children in the last three months of pregnancy, children born in the late summer and early autumn are half a centimetre taller and have wider bones than their peers born in winter and spring.

Researchers at Bristol University have recommended that mothers expecting to give birth in the summer should take advantage of the sun's natural qualities and boost their vitamin D levels by walking around outside, and expectant mothers of winter babies should consider taking vitamin supplements.

But a study spokeswoman has warned that anyone thinking of using a sun bed for the final week would be wise to avoid it as they emit UVA light, whereas it is natural UVB rays from the sun that triggers Vitamin D.

Spokeswoman Sally Watson said: "Perhaps people shouldn't be quite so terrified of the sun. There's been a lot of panic about skin cancer, but people don't need to panic about the odd few minutes of exposure. A little controlled English sun is better than none. Or go to the Bahamas!"

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs