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Summer babies 'tall and strong' and allergy free
Children who are born in late summer or early autumn are often taller and stronger than peers born in spring and winter, a large study suggests.
The results from the Children of the 90s project - which involved 7,000 youngsters - says the reason may lie in their mothers' exposure to the sun.
The body makes Vitamin D, crucial for bone-building, from sunlight. The Bristol University study suggests that this process may even occur in babies while still in the womb.
By the age of 10, those children born in the summer and autumn months were on average half a centimeter taller and had nearly 13 sq cm of extra bone area than those born in the winter months.
Besides being taller and stronger, food allergies also appeared to be linked with season of birth; of those with allergies 41% were born in summer compared with 59% in winter. Less Vitamin D from natural sun exposure is available in the winter for the healthy development of a child's immune system, experts believe.
Researchers believe that vitamin D deficiency, and hence month of birth, "is a significant potential risk factor" in the development of food allergies as well as bone growth
Mothers entering the late stages of pregnancy in the summer can attain the necessary vitamin D levels by walking around outside or even sunbathing, the researchers suggested.
And if there was not much sun to be seen, "women might consider talking to their doctor about taking Vitamin D supplements, particularly if their babies are due between November and May," said Professor Tobias.
In winter months at latitudes of 52 degrees north, there is not enough ultraviolet light of the appropriate wavelength for the body to make vitamin D in the skin, research shows.
Because of a lack of sunshine winter many people are vitamin D deficient, with vitamin D deficiency extremely common in pregnant women, leading to their babies having weaker bones at birth and more prone to food allergies.
Previous studies have associated month of birth with other allergic conditions such as asthma, recurrent wheezing and dermatitis.
Dr. Iverson's Comment
As if the multiple vitamin D articles we have already shared in past top stories haven’t been enough of an urge to take vitamin D, this is another great reason; especially for pregnant women.
With the number of cases of allergies and osteoporosis on the rise, here is another preventative measure that we can take to protect our future children. 
Living in the Northwest we don’t receive the amount of sunshine that’s necessary to make vitamin D in the body. Typically I recommend to patients between 2000-5000 units daily to offset this deficiency.
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