When her two elementary school-age boys were toddlers, New Jersey mom Ilana Friedman followed long-held conventional wisdom on children and outdoor time: the former should get lots of the latter.
“We always went for walks and went to the park–things like that,” she told BabyZone.
But with her youngest son, now 3, Friedman has even more reason to make sure he gets out of the house and into the sunlight.
“I don’t think many of us have been as aware as we have been in the last year or two about the increasing evidence showing that outdoor light is beneficial for children and visual development,” she said.
Friedman is a pediatric ophthalmologist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.