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Can playing in sunshine help prevent Eczema

By on Feb 15, 2012

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Researchers claim that playing in the sunshine reduces the risk of children developing eczema and food allergies. Children living in areas with lower levels of sunlight have a greater risk of developing food allergies and eczema, compared with those living in areas with higher UV light. read on to find out more about if playing in sunshine can help prevent eczema…

The researchers used data from an Australian study and analysed rates of food allergies, eczema and asthma variation throughout the country. Australia provides an ideal place to conduct a study such as this, as there is a large variation in climate, day length and sun strength throughout the country.Playing in the sunshine can help prevent Eczema

The results found that on average children in the south were twice as likely to suffer with eczema, than children living in northern Australia.  Sunlight is very important for our general health as it provides the optimal source of vitamin D.

Dr Nick Osborne, who led the researchers at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, said that the investigation provided further evidence of the association between food allergies and where you live.

This report provides further weight behind the belief that children should be encouraged to play outdoors in the sun. This has many other health benefits such as preventing childhood obesity and improving mental alertness.