Sending Kids Out to Play May Help Prevent Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Recent research shows that sun exposure may help to prevent IBD in children.

Researchers studied over 500 participants up to the age of 17. Parents or guardians completed questionnaires about children’s sun exposure during summer and winter, and how often children used sunscreen or covered up when they went outside.

It was found that the potential for sunlight to help protect against IBD was similar for boys and girls and for older and younger children, a darker tan was also associated with a lower risk of IBD, and that the use of sunblock didn’t appear to influence the potential for sunlight exposure to reduce the risk of IBD.

More research is needed to fully understand the possible link. The findings have been published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

Children who spend more time outdoors may be less likely to develop inflammatory bowel disease than kids who mostly stay inside, a new study suggests.

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